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Zero Waste Scotland claims European first

Zero Waste Scotland has awarded an annual £3m contract to a consortium to help companies and organisations reduce raw material, energy and water costs – said to be a first in Europe.

The consortium, led by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), will establish an advice service from 1 April. It will replace existing services currently delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, the Carbon Trust and EST. This means it will be the first time such advice can be accessed from a single point.

Free support, training and access to funding will be offered through a telephone and web-based operation, staffed by resource efficiency experts. Other responses include on-site consultancy visits. 

Iain Gulland, director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We believe that bringing together Government-backed advice and support on energy, water, raw materials and waste in this way is a first within Europe.”

The contract will form part of a wider £7m annual programme to include the energy performance of buildings and reducing food waste in the hospitality sector. 

Richard Lochhead

Environment secretary Richard Lochhead, left, said: “Taking simple steps to use energy, water and raw materials more efficiently could save Scottish organisations up to £2.9bn a year. It is also another example of Scotland leading the way and listening to the needs of businesses, third sector and public sector organisations.”

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