Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been taking advantage of a free service run by Zero Waste Scotland to discover ways they can cut their energy use and reduce carbon emissions.
Marissa Lippiatt, head of resource efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “It is pleasing to see so many businesses deciding to take action to reduce their energy use. Not only does this add profit directly to their bottom line, but it also goes a long way to helping Scotland meet its target to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2045.”
Since the start of 2016, the impartial advice given to companies in Aberdeenshire has identified almost £25m of potential energy savings through things like heating, lighting and building upgrades. To help SMEs finance the recommendations the Scottish Government currently provides interest-free loans and cashback grants.
“The actions taken by Aberdeenshire SMEs to implement our recommendations will reduce their collective carbon output by almost 29,000 tonnes. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 101 million car miles.”
Throughout Scotland, companies are on course to make close to £207m of lifetime energy savings with the Highland Council area leading the way with £18m.
More than 720,000 tonnes of carbon emissions can be cut from the atmosphere nationally because of the changes recommended. This would equate to the emissions created from more than two billion car miles, or 102,400 journeys around the world.
Marissa said: “We have an increasing number of businesses coming to us for support and advice which demonstrates the growing awareness of the climate emergency and how we can all take steps to make changes.”
Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service provides free advice to SMEs, guiding them to introduce more energy efficient technology.
Businesses can apply for an interest-free SME Loan of £1,000 to £100,000 with a maximum cashback grant of £20,000 for eligible measures. To find out more, go to www.energy.zerowastescotland.org.uk.