SECC becomes first venue to make Resource Efficiency Pledge
SECC becomes first venue to sign up to new scheme to help businesses use resources efficiently.
A new scheme aiming to help Scottish businesses reap their share of an estimated £2.9bn worth of savings by using energy, water and raw materials more efficiently has been launched today.
The SECC is the first venue to make the Resource Efficiency Pledge, which is also being officially backed by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, whose organising committee will act as ambassadors for the scheme by promoting it to Games’ venues and suppliers, and to the Scottish events sector as a whole. The scheme is being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The Resource Efficiency Pledge asks businesses to pick between three and six actions to complete over the course of 12 months, ranging from engaging staff to help cut energy use to implementing efficiency measures in businesses processes.
The SECC has pledged to improve recycling rates and energy efficiency and will also be focusing on staff engagement to ensure becoming more efficient with resources is a team effort involving all employees. This will also contribute to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ commitment to deliver a sustainable Games’ as the SECC campus will be the Games’ largest precinct venue, hosting judo, wrestling, gymnastics, boxing, netball, weightlifting and powerlifting, and will be the main media hub for the world’s press.
Over 70 additional businesses, including Glasgow Airport and Standard Life, have also signed up and will be announcing which Pledge actions they will be taking forward soon.
Alan Cuggy, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager for the SECC explained why making the Pledge is an important step for the business: “We are delighted to be the first venue to sign up to the Resource Efficiency Pledge as it will provide both the inspiration and motivation to enhance our environmental performance in what is a competitive and challenging business. The Resource Efficiency Pledge will build upon our previous achievements recognised through the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Star Award.”
David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 commented: “Glasgow 2014 is pleased to support the Resource Efficiency Pledge. As an Organising Committee and in collaboration with our Games Partners and stakeholders we are working hard to deliver a sustainable Commonwealth Games, embed resource efficiency in all aspects of Games delivery and we hope to share our learning with future Games Host Cities and the wider events sector.”
Businesses can sign up to the Pledge online at pledge.resourceefficientscotland.com. Businesses will receive certificates and marketing materials to promote their involvement, and after 12 months can receive a bronze award for completing their chosen actions, and move on towards achieving silver, gold and platinum over subsequent years.
The Pledge is a key action in the Scottish Government’s Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources programme. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead commented: “The Resource Efficiency Pledge is an excellent scheme which can help businesses across Scotland save money while reducing their environmental impact by using water, energy and raw materials more sustainably. I am delighted to have Glasgow 2014 and the SECC as ambassadors for the scheme, creating an environmental legacy from the Commonwealth Games, highlighting the importance of sustainability in the events sector and setting the best kind of example to others.
“Simple changes like switching off equipment not being used and redesigning products can save Scotland a staggering £2.9 billion every year. It’s hugely encouraging that large businesses like the SECC and Glasgow Airport have already made the Resource Efficiency Pledge and I would encourage firms of all sizes throughout the country to sign up.”
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a way to make it easy for Scottish businesses to work through simple steps to reduce their resource use, save money and demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Our Resource Efficient Scotland team can provide expert advice to any business, no matter how big or small, to help firms reduce energy, water and raw material costs and the Pledge is a great way to show customers and partners that your business is environmentally responsible.”