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1 Promoting sustainable consumption amongst small businesses Brendan Turvey The Business Environment Partnership Success and Sustainability Initiative

2 Businesses are consumers too ! What BEP are doing about it Successes – the using less saves you money argument and CSR Success and Sustainability Challenges Outline

3 Businesses are consumers too ! Businesses are consumers too ! What do businesses consume ? – energy – water – raw materials – consumables (paper !) – furniture – PCs / office equipment equipment – food

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6 But what about small businesses ?

7 The drivers big companies have the CSR driver / IIP / employee schemes what about smaller companies ? there are 294,000 SMEs in Scotland alone…. how do we regulate these businesses ? how do we motivate them to change ?

8 Business consumption Policies for Sustainable Consumption: a report to the Sustainable Development Commission (2003) Tim Jackson & Laurie Michaelis –Display consumption and status seeking –Consumer lock in (water dispensers !?) –Consumer goods and business identity –Institutional lock in I dont want to be seen to rock the boat But weve always done it that way The boss will never let us do that…..

9 The BEP story Established in 1997 Focus on SMEs 14 advisers across East of Scotland Non profit making Principal funders: Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise and Europe Good environmental management makes good business sense…

10 Our Sponsors

11 Waste Minimisation / Environmental Management Student Placement Programme ISO14001 Programme Success & Sustainability Business and Biodiversity The BEP pipeline

12 Economic & Social Benefits 1089 companies: £13.2m pa realised cost savings £44m new sales opportunities; £36m realised 85 companies certified to ISO14001 / GTBS / PAS 415 students placed 55 green jobs created / many others safeguarded Increased awareness of employees

13 Environmental Benefits Since 2003: 88,288 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill 7,223,562 kWh energy saved 16,312 tonnes of CO 2 saved 48,574m 3 of water / effluent saved

14 Based in West Lothian Printing company Achieved ISO in 2002 £45,000 savings per annum New inks and processes Based in West Lothian Printing company Achieved ISO in 2002 £45,000 savings per annum New inks and processes Pillans and Waddies printers

15 Major conference facility ISO Savings of £60,000 on energy since 1999 Saved £4,000 on waste 30% reduction in paper GTBS Gold Major conference facility ISO Savings of £60,000 on energy since 1999 Saved £4,000 on waste 30% reduction in paper GTBS Gold Edinburgh International Conference Centre

16 Success and Sustainability Established 2000 Currently funded by a Sustainable Action Grant from the Scottish Executive Aim to provide further, flexible advice, on broader sustainability issues Over 100 companies assisted Types of projects: –Biodiversity –Packaging –New product development –General sustainability reviews –Renewables

17 Case study Pentland Plants Existing BEP client Significant site energy use Current heating costs £300k per annum Looking for more sustainable options

18 Biomass boiler system Link to woodfuel cluster Contact with local supplier of woodchip Feasibility study £150k cost saving 2000 tonnes of CO 2

19 Case study Blinkbonny Quarry Student placement Research on use for dust Soil remineralisation Market valued at £250k Cost saving £72k per annum BiodustBiodust A natural product from the Scottish Borders

20 Case study: Emtelle Biodiversity review Feb 04 £3,000 investment on tree planting at Jedburgh site 400 trees being planted, involving local schools Pathwork at Hawick site

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22 Case study: Canmore Housing New office building Installation of solar hot water system

23 Case study: Renewable Devices 7 EPP students Planning guidance PAN appendix 2005 SSE contract £9.2 million 8 new jobs

24 Case study: Hillcrest Housing Sustainability review Cost savings (energy) Sustainable development policy Design guide Communities Scotland Sustainability focus group - Recycled paper - Fair trade tea and coffee - Green energy supply

25 Challenges How do we encourage small businesses to change consumption ? Communication Incentives ? Provision of wider support to businesses (not just energy and water) Integration of business support service – the one stop shop ?

26 Brendan Turvey Business Sustainability Adviser Business Environment Partnership 42/3 Hardengreen Business Park Dalkeith, EH22 3NU T: E: W: Brendan Turvey Business Sustainability Adviser Business Environment Partnership 42/3 Hardengreen Business Park Dalkeith, EH22 3NU T: E: W:


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