The North East Resource Efficiency Programme launched New Legacy Packs for businesses to use as a guide to improve their Resource efficiency and reduce their costs.
These new packs include information on topics such as Water Efficiency, Waste Minimisation, Solar, Biomass and Packaging. They provide small businesses with guidance on some practical tips and techniques that they can apply to their business to reduce their resource costs and increase their turnover. The aim is to help businesses in the North East Region gain a better understanding of how to run a resource efficient business.
The North East Resource Efficiency Programme was part - funded by Invest Northern Ireland , and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. The Councils of Mid and East Antrim , Causeway Coast and Glens and Antrim and Newtownabbey also part funded the project.
The North East Resource Efficiency Programme has successfully supported 40 SMEs to identify and implement resource efficiencies in their business and reduce energy, waste, water and raw materials costs. The programme introduced these companies to the need and the benefits of becoming more resource efficient, offering flexible, client-led, practical support to help companies realise actual cost savings through improvements in resource efficiency.
The Resource Efficiency Programme was delivered by the InnoTech Centre in conjunction with Fathom Energy and B9 Solutions. All partners are recognised regionally and nationally as leading consultancy and mentoring practices in the area of renewable energy, sustainable development and resource efficiency with the InnoTech Centre at South West College securing an International Green Award in 2012.
Nicola Quinn, Programme Manager at the InnoTech Centre, said the programme presented a key opportunity for local businesses to avail of valuable practical one-to-one support to help achieve real savings, “ Each business received a resource efficiency audit which provided a complete overview of the efficiency of operations and identified where improvements could be made. They also received a Bespoke Action plan detailing opportunities for making efficiencies in terms of energy, waste, water/effluent and raw materials and a range of other aspects including investigating the innovative use of new renewable energy technologies. Four days mentoring support was then provided to each business. This technical support addressed a wide range of areas including opportunities for using renewable energy or improving energy efficiency, reviewing packaging requirements or use, implementing environmental or energy management systems and reducing waste disposal costs”.
Moira Loughran, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Manager said “Invest NI worked in partnership with Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and the local business community to bring forward this project which we see as an excellent investment for the sustainable future of local businesses here.
“Our support is another great example of how we can help businesses to share services, become sustainable and therefore significantly reduce their current energy and resource costs. Through this project we have specifically developed solutions that will have very positive benefits and through time we hope to see these benefits come to fruition.”
Anne Donaghy Chief Executive Mid and East Antrim Borough Council said
“ I am delighted that this programme has been effective in helping local companies to realise the savings that can be identified through wise and prudent research and application of energy efficiency measures . In times of economic challenge , programmes like this can play a significant role in helping businesses become more competitive “