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Resource Efficiency - Doing more with less. This presentation sets out some key points for businesses to follow and what Envirowise can provide through its various services to businesses.

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  • Becoming more resource efficient means thinking differently and doing more with less. Introduce the concept of Functional Unit without using those words.
  • 90% of all ‘effort’ never finds its way into the final product/service sold to the consumer .
  • A systematic waste minimisation programme could save 1% of turnover. Every pound saved on material costs goes straight to the bottom line. Average payback periods for such initiatives are measured in months, not years. Savings of around £1,000 per employee are typically made through resource efficiency programmes. Many waste minimisation measures cost nothing, but yield big results. For many companies, sooner or later, waste minimisation will not be a matter of choice – it will be a survival issue.
  • It is important to look at the potential impact that utility savings can make on a business. Take a typical manufacturing company with a turnover of £1 million per annum and profits generated 10% at £100,000. If waste costs can be reduced by 20% through an efficiency programme, this would reduce the £50,000 spend by £10,000 that would be available to annual profits. Annual profits would increase to £110,000 or a 10% increase in profit Whilst £10,000 may sound small against an annual turnover of £1 million. To get this same increase by increasing turnover would required and increase of £100,000 on £1 million that would be a substantial increase in sales and production. So improved resource management can be an extremely cost effective way of increasing profit and it is also internal and risk free and not dependent on the vagaries of selling to a market.
  • Now wastes identified, time to look at how to reduce the waste
  • You have taken time out today to learn about what you need to do to start becoming more resource efficient. Now you need to make it happen! Regardless of how much time you have, use it effectively. Even a small amount of time can bring about significant cost savings. The most important of this is to have an individual within the company that is responsible for environmental issues and that they have the support of the management team.
  • Who knows m 3 water and kWh energy that is typical for their site? Who checks their bills against their meter readings when they arrive? Estimated bills can mess up your cashflow, you don’t want to end up in credit but neither do you want the nasty surprise of a large bill.
  • This is available via the Envirowise website at
  • The Hospitable Climates website will also give you specific advice on: Controlling energy better Using Energy More Efficiently Reducing avoidable waste while adding to customer comfort
  • Source: The Carbon Trust
  • The Waste & Resources Hierarchy This is a tool to help us think about becoming more resource efficient – it’s called the waste hierarchy. It’s a set of resource management options. The preferred option is to eliminate waste in the first place, followed by reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery. The reason this is the preferred hierarchy is that generally speaking the most significant cost savings come from elimination and the lowest cost savings come from recovery. The current preferences of UK industry is to dispose of waste - mainly landfilling even though this is the most costly option.
  • “… it is the ability of humans that helps to change the gifts of nature into valuable resources ”. Wikipedia I.e. it’s up to us to make resources valuable
  • Greening your Business: Free Support from Envirowise

    1. 1. Improve your resource efficiency Choose Suffolk Tourism Partnership Roadshow Simon Best Envirowise ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    2. 2. What is Envirowise? Envirowise is a Government-funded programme dedicated to putting the sustainable use of resources at the heart of UK business practice. ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    3. 3. Objectives To reduce UK industry’s impact on the environment whilst saving money through the efficient use of resources including minimising wastage and cleaner design. To date, Envirowise has helped UK industry save more than £1.3 billion with average savings of £1000 per employee. ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    4. 4. <ul><li>Advice line </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Publications and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>Core offering (available nationally)
    5. 5. Overview <ul><ul><li>what is resource efficiency? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>key business drivers for resource efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>steps to achieve resource efficiency and cost savings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>questions </li></ul></ul>ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    6. 6. resource efficiency = doing more with less
    7. 7. The British economy as a whole is just 10% resource efficient
    8. 8. The benefits resource efficiency saves money bottom line benefits short payback periods low cost/no cost opportunities typical savings £1,000 /employee business survival ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    9. 9. Energy efficiency measures No cost - low cost savings 10-20% annually Water efficiency measures 25% + annually Waste segregation and recycling £variable Vehicle and equipment maintenance 20%
    10. 10. Example Turnover Profit Waste cost Waste saving Profit Potential waste saving, 1% of turnover Revised profit % profit increase The turnover increase required to produce same profit is £100,000 £1,000,000 £100,000 £50,000 £10,000 £100,000 £10,000 £110,000 10% ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    11. 11. Example: eight yard skip of an engineering company in this region
    12. 12. obvious costs skip hire collection charge £85 disposal cost Example: eight yard skip of an engineering company in this region
    13. 13. obvious costs skip hire disposal cost collection charge £85 hidden costs cost of raw materials in skip cost of labour cost of energy invested in waste loss in sales value cost of administration storage overhead £1258 Example: eight yard skip of an engineering company in this region
    14. 14. allowance by-product cullet dross edge trim factory shop garbage inspection loss make-up out of spec overfill packaging regrind samples trials roll overlap <ul><ul><li>Euphemisms for waste </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Businesses use a third of all water in the UK, costing more than £1 billion annually
    16. 16. <ul><ul><li>how can your business become more resource efficient? </li></ul></ul>ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    17. 17. Resource efficiency in action <ul><ul><li>Step 1: measure to manage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 2: benchmark </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 3: identify opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 4: prioritise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Step 5: action </li></ul></ul>A five step process is common to most resource efficiency programmes ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Find out why and where you: use materials, water and energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quantify the use so you can: attribute wastage, focus on key cost savings, reduce risk, get the most gain for least pain, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you compare? use b enchmarks or performance indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage it: assign responsibilities, set targets and monitor, feedback and communicate </li></ul></ul>If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it… Step 1: Measure to manage
    19. 19. Step 2: Benchmark Step 2: Benchmark
    20. 20. Item Average water use Toilets 8 litres/flush Sinks 5 litres/event Showers 50 litres/event Baths 120 litres/event Dishwasher 30 litres/event Laundry (washing machine) 80 litres/event Vehicle washing (bucket) 75 litres/vehicle Vehicle washing (hose) 700 litres/vehicle Hose 10 litres/minute Employee (full-time, no canteen) 30 litres/person/day Employee (full-time, with canteen) 60 litres/person/day Benchmarking: water Step 2: Benchmark
    21. 21. Online tool to see how your premises compare with industry norms in terms of energy consumption, costs and management: Benchmarking: energy Step 2: Benchmark Gas consumption Electricity consumption CO 2 emissions Good practice kWh/m 2 Typical practice kWh/m 2 Good practice kWh/m 2 Typical practice kWh/m 2 Good practice kgCO 2 /m 2 Typical practice kgCO 2 /m 2 Smaller office 79 151 33 54 30 54 Naturally ventilated open plan 79 151 54 85 40 69 Air conditioned open plan 97 178 128 226 78 139 Headquarters 114 210 234 358 131 207
    22. 22. Waste: a walkabout <ul><ul><li>Where is waste generated? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the waste? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens to the waste? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are bins being used properly? </li></ul></ul>Arm yourself with a clipboard and tour your site, inspecting facilities and your bins Step 3: Identify opportunities ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    23. 23. One drop/second 5 m 3 /year £10 year Breaking into stream 30 m 3 /year £60 year 3 mm stream 330 m 3 /year £660 year Step 3: Identify opportunities Water: typical losses One drop/minute 79 litres/year 5 - 12 pence year 0.1 litre/minute 50 m 3 /year £30 - £80 year 7 - 14 litres/minute 3 700 - 7400 m 3 /year £2K - £11K year
    24. 24. Energy example Drinks machines on 24/7 Open 73 hours/week Closed 95 hours/week 10 machines x 450W x annual closing hours = 22,230 kWh consumed x 10p per kWh (approx) = £2,223 savings/year How much would a basic timer cost? Step 3: Identify opportunities
    25. 25. The waste hierarchy Step 4: Prioritise
    26. 26. Highest Priority Biggest savings Lowest Priority Smaller savings Disposal Reduce the amount of water used Eliminate water at source Reuse water and waste water The water hierarchy Recover or recycle water and waste water Step 4: Prioritise
    27. 27. Make any remaining fossil fuel use clean and efficient Use energy more efficiently Reduce the need for energy Use renewable energy Highest Priority Biggest savings Lowest Priority Smaller savings The energy hierarchy Step 4: Prioritise
    28. 28. <ul><ul><li>draft and implement your plan using SMART targets to assign responsibilities and timeframes </li></ul></ul>Step 6: Action ADVICE LINE 0800 585794
    29. 29. Help and recognition A national sustainable tourism certification scheme, covering energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more for accommodation providers, visitor attractions and corporate offices. Self-assessment scheme for hotels, guest houses and B&Bs. Higher achievers are externally audited. Covers things they actively do and intend to do over the next 12 months, from recycling, sourcing products and services locally to building eco-accommodation. Rural businesses can can access practical support including training courses, green business advisory visits and marketing opportunities through EET’s Sustainable Tourism East. An annual Sustainable Tourism Award is also presented.
    30. 30. Waste reduced by 98% Total savings over of £16,000 per year with simple waste reduction initiatives CS616R: Strattons Hotel Ten rooms, annual turnover £600,000
    31. 31. Green Officiency: 10 top waste tips <ul><ul><li>Design out process waste from the outset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimise packaging and challenger your suppliers too </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Segregate waste types at source </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the waste/recycling arrangements to staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand your waste bills – by lift, by rental by weight? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use materials where appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review your waste collection/disposal contract(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor waste streams: skip and bin spot checks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use signage and posters to help train staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand your waste – make a waste list </li></ul></ul>
    32. 32. Green Officiency: 10 top water tips <ul><ul><li>Measure and manage – use an Excel spreadsheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your Baseline – check overnight or when closed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compare to your benchmarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Walkabout – identify the obvious problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fix Leaks and control usage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement sensors – urinals and taps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Restrictors to reduce water flow on taps and showers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rainwater – store and use (check ECA list) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn down the temperature of hot water (60 deg min.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce long pipe runs </li></ul></ul>
    33. 33. Green Officiency: 10 top energy tips <ul><ul><li>Walkabout: identify issues in every part of your business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Switch off: label switches and colour code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimise heating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimise cooling and chilling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimise lighting: transition to efficient systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light reactive or movement sensitive switching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insulation: pipes, windows, walls, roof, fridge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain equipment and fix problems quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only heat the water you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other automated controls: inteliplugs, timers etc </li></ul></ul>
    34. 34. The top 10 free Envirowise publications for businesses
    35. 35. <ul><ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>0800 585794 </li></ul></ul>