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Support offered to H&I businesses adopting green processes

Zero Waste Scotland has appointed a dedicated regional engagement manager to assist organisations in the Highland and Islands to embrace opportunities in the circular economy.

8 Jul 20

In partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Helen Lavery is working to support small and medium sized enterprises, micro businesses, social enterprises and other public sector bodies to adopt principles where instead of products being designed to last for a short amount of time, they are reused, repaired, remanufactured or recycled.

The benefit to business of adopting a circular approach includes opportunities to innovate, becoming more competitive by deriving greater returns from fewer materials, increased customer loyalty and reduced vulnerability to supply chain volatility.

Based from Inverness, the newly established position is in recognition of the rural setting of many businesses and unique economic make-up of the region. 

Ms Lavery said:

“There are challenges and opportunities for businesses across the Highlands and Islands that you don’t find anywhere else in Scotland. As the economy battles against the coronavirus pandemic, we are working to support firms that are looking to make greater use of products, services and systems and minimising waste.

“We want to engage with as many organisations as possible, connect businesses that could benefit from working together and help build a resilient and circular economy throughout the region.” 

Support is available to businesses across, but not limited to, sectors such as energy, tourism, creative industries, food and drink, and technology and advanced engineering.

MAKAR, a bespoke eco housebuilder in Inverness, is an example of a firm that has already received support from Zero Waste Scotland as it examined ways its complex equipment could be serviced and maintained to ensure ventilation, good air circulation, comfort and health. 

By taking the step to ensure MAKAR owned the building system, it reduced the overall cost of maintenance by spreading it out over a long period of time. It also cut the cost of the house by removing the equipment fee. MAKAR could make quality repairs and refurbish parts for use elsewhere. All the while, homeowners would have peace of mind, free from maintaining complicated equipment. 

Elain MacRae, head of energy strategy at HIE, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Zero Waste Scotland, expanding our offering to include advice, information and support as we begin to emerge from this pandemic.  

“Our region has a key role to play in the green recovery. Working with Helen and the team at Zero Waste Scotland, we can ensure that businesses, social enterprises and communities have the tools at their disposal to support the development of best practice in the transition to net-zero.”

Zero Waste Scotland is a not-for-profit environmental organisation working to promote the circular economy and the role it can play in reducing carbon emissions, the source of global warming. The single biggest cause of this is the over-consumption of Earth’s natural resources. 

By reducing the volume of material we consume, we would also limit the emissions associated with the extraction, transport and manufacture of products. In addition, this will protect fragile eco-systems and biodiversity. 

For further details about support available to firms in the Highlands and Islands please visit – https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/content/circular-highlands-and-islands




Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.  

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.  

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/ . You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.


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