Resource Efficient Scotland celebrates first year


A special business event has been held in Edinburgh to celebrate the first birthday of Resource Efficient Scotland.

Around 100 businesses and public sector bodies attended the event at the Signet Library in the Scottish capital, where they shared experiences of the first year of developing resource efficient practice in their organisations.


The Sharing Success event heard from Scottish Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing along with Zero Waste Scotland director Iain Gulland and head of Resource Efficient Scotland Marissa Lippiatt (all pictured).

Businesses including Scotch whisky distiller Gordon & MacPhail and herb grower and importer Scotherbs shared how they had made both resource efficiencies and cost savings within their operations.

Iain Gulland said: “I’m delighted to be marking the first anniversary of our Resource Efficient Scotland programme, a unique and tailored service for organisations of all sizes and all types. Making resource efficiency savings happen is one of Zero Waste Scotland’s six key priorities and it’s great to see organisations across Scotland who are committing to take action at the event today. We will continue to provide support to those businesses and others to help them realise real savings through smarter resource use.”

Marissa Lippiatt added: “In our first year we have engaged with over 33,000 organisations across Scotland. We provide sector specific support, are completely free, and as many of the businesses here today demonstrate, provide support which can result in substantial savings. In our second year we want tor each even more organisations and to see as many of those businesses as possible making savings.”