Resource Efficiency

Resource efficiency is not just an environmental initiative, it is simply a question of good commercial sense.  Waste costs money and by finding ways to reduce waste, your business could become more profitable.

There are a number of sources of advice on the topics of resource efficiency, waste reduction and renewable technology.

Resource efficiency goes hand in hand with cost reduction. By reducing cost you are releasing money tied into business running costs that could be used to invest in business growth, whether that's new machinery, staff or updated marketing. Through the Business Lincolnshire programme, we can work with you to identify where opportunities exist to make cost reductions. Additionally, you may already know what you want to improve or are interested in renewable technology. Our support team is on hand to guide you through the process and identify areas to make improvements, new technologies to consider and routes to funding to support your projects.

Here David Knight talks about the support that is available and how we can help your business reduce cost to save money that can be re-invested into your business to support its growth.



For any business to be successful it requires good management. Management helps to ensure that everything is working the way it should to achieve the outcomes required to make the business successful. Environmental management is a tool that businesses can use to ensure they are using their resources efficiently and avoiding waste. Waste is an unnecessary cost to the business, so understanding where this waste exists, the reason it exists and what can be done to minimise or reduce the waste is vital to ensure the business is running efficiently. Environmental management systems also help businesses understand how they fit into their environment, what impacts they have on the planet, the local area and their employees. These systems help to improve staff engagement, reduce environmental impacts and help to engage and work alongside their community to better improve the total environment.

Here David Knight talks about the support that is available and how we can help your business to understand what an Environmental Management System (EMS) is and how to set one up, including support and routes to achieving accredited management systems.


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WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) works across the UK to help businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way. To visit the WRAP website click here where you will find a range of helpful information, on-line tools and links to other organisations.
WRAP's Business Resource Efficiency Hub offers a range of guides and on-line tools to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) improve their resource efficiency.   

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. They provide specialist support to help business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs. To visit the Carbon Trust website click here
Their website includes on-line training tools to help businesses look at their processes and reduce their carbon foot print.  
They also provide information on emerging, low carbon, technologies and climate change legislation and policies that apply to SMEs


The National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) brings together traditionally separate industries and organisations from all business sectors with the aim of improving cross industry resource efficiency and sustainability; involving the physical exchange of materials, energy, water and/or by-products together with the shared use of assets, logistics and expertise. For more information and to read case studies on successful outcomes, click here to visit their website.

Advice on how to run a greener business

By using your resources more effectively, your business could save money and be more attractive to cus­tomers.
For no and low cost ways to reduce your water, waste and energy use, businesses in North and North East Lincolnshire can visit the Greener Business website. This website also contains environmental advice on legislation, renewable energy and sustainable procurement.
The 'Business Waste Handbook' is a download document which provides details and advice of the North East Lincolnshire businesses who will help reduce, reuse and recycle your business waste.

NFU Farm Energy Service

The NFU has launched a new service exclusively for members providing renewables and energy efficiency services to help reduce environmental impact and increase farm profits. The Farm Energy Service offers independent advice and guidance on a range of energy issues including solar panels, wind energy, grid connections and energy contracts. It will also provide assistance with legal queries, planning, finance and insurance. Benefits include a free initial survey, access to an energy contract finder service and a discounted fee structure. The NFU teamed up with renewable energy specialists Fisher German and efficiency and contract management experts Farm Energy. A new website explains what is available - have a look at The helpline for initial advice is 0870 844 5700