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Resource Efficiency

Resource efficiency is not just an environmental initiative; it is simply a question of good commercial sense. Waste costs money and by finding ways to reduce waste, your business could become more profitable.

There are a number of sources of advice on the topics of resource efficiency, waste reduction and renewable technology.


WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) works across the UK to help businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way. To visit the WRAP website click here where you will find a range of helpful information, on-line tools and links to other organisations.

WRAP’s Business Resource Efficiency Hub offers a range of guides and on-line tools to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) improve their resource efficiency.

Green Town is an interactive tour of typical business premises, including a pub, a restaurant and a factory, that highlights opportunities for resource efficiency in the workplace

Waste Hierarchy tool helps you generate your own tailored publication designed to help your business understand the Waste Hierarchy. Simply select the wastes your business produces and find out what measures are available to help improve resource efficiency.

Download WRAP’s “Rethink Waste Checklist” to help you identify some of the more obvious opportunities for waste in your business. Use it as you walk around the premises and tick where you think there are changes that can be made to reduce waste and save money. Identify any quick wins and easy actions that can be taken to improve resource efficiency. Rethink Waste checklist

Hospitality and Food Service Online Resource Centre is an online tool providing advice and information to businesses in the hospitality and foodservice sectors.

Water Monitoring Tool – easily record and track where water is being used in your organisation.

Mogden Formula Tool helps calculate the charges water and sewerage companies apply for the conveyance and treatment of effluents discharged to the public wastewater network.

The Rippleffect is a free online training programme by WRAP, to provide all types of businesses with a simple structured approach to reducing water waste and saving money.

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They provide specialist support to help business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs. To visit the Carbon Trust website click here

Their website includes on-line training tools to help businesses look at their processes and reduce their carbon foot print.

They also provide information on emerging, low carbon, technologies and climate change legislation and policies that apply to SMEs.


Industrial symbiosis brings together traditionally separate industries and organisations from all business sectors with the aim of improving cross industry resource efficiency and sustainability; involving the physical exchange of materials, energy, water and/or by-products together with the shared use of assets, logistics and expertise. For more information and to read case studies on successful outcomes, http://www.nispnetwork.com/media-centre to visit their website.

Greener Business

Advice on how to run a greener business http://www.greenerbusiness.co.uk/

By using your resources more effectively, your business could save money and be more attractive to cus­tomers.

NFU Farm Energy Service

The NFU has launched a new service exclusively for members providing renewables and energy efficiency services to help reduce environmental impact and increase farm profits. The Farm Energy Service offers independent advice and guidance on a range of energy issues including solar panels, wind energy, grid connections and energy contracts. It will also provide assistance with legal queries, planning, finance and insurance. Benefits include a free initial survey, access to an energy contract finder service and a discounted fee structure. The NFU teamed up with renewable energy specialists Fisher German and efficiency and contract management experts Farm Energy. A new website explains what is available – have a look at www.nfufarmenergyservice.com The helpline for initial advice is 0870 844 5700

Sustainable Dorset

Sustainable Dorset, a county wide sustainable development charity based in Dorchester, has three aims, to promote the amazing work of organisations in Dorset working on sustainability issues, to provide resources such as funding information for groups themselves, and to be a common point of reference for those working in this field. Dorset has a great range and depth of projects and organisations working for a more resilient and sustainable future – support them!


DEAC is a NOT FOR PROFIT organisation formed in 1998 to provide free and impartial advice on saving energy in the home, DEAC has become the established well recognised source of reliable information on how to save energy in the home and the work place.

Building on many years of experience the DEAC team are a well versed in every aspect of Energy Efficiency, renewable technologies, transport, lighting, insulation and the grants that are available to help and advise the residents of Dorset and beyond, on saving energy in the home.

DEAC 4, Trinity, Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1JU

0800 975 0166 or 01202 209410

The Environmental Innovation Network (E-iNet)

The Environmental Innovation Network (E-iNet) is an ERDF funded programme focussed on the needs of small and medium sized enterprises in the South East of England. The E-iNet provides access to the specialist resources of collaborating Universities and industry networks, enabling businesses to create or improve products and services, to exploit new market niches and to grow.

Dedicated University Support for Business

12 Hours Fully Subsidised Innovation Support

Event and Network Access

The E-iNet aims to generate economic and business growth by providing valuable support to innovative businesses operating in or wishing to move into Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) Markets.

Go to http://www.wsxenterprise.co.uk/our-services/innovation/ for more information