The Highland Council lead the charge for resource efficiency in business
23rd June 2014
The Highland Council is to take a lead role in helping businesses save money, be more competitive and reduce their environmental impact by using resources more efficiently, by backing the national Resource Efficiency Pledge scheme. The Resource Efficiency Pledge is a new scheme from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland which works with businesses to help them reduce both their running costs and carbon emissions. By making the Pledge, businesses can choose a number of actions that will help them reduce their use of energy, water and raw materials, and also provides a way to demonstrate to customers and partners that the business is environmentally responsible.
The Highland Council will be an official Resource Efficiency Pledge Ambassador, working with local businesses to promote the scheme and support them to make savings. The council's ambassador role for the Pledge scheme compliments the Carbon CLEVER Declaration, a leading project in the Council led Carbon Clever initiative, set up to achieve a carbon neutral Inverness in a low carbon Highlands by 2025.
Many Highland businesses are already reaping the benefits of resource efficiency. Over 3000 businesses in the Highlands have received support from Resource Efficient Scotland (RES), including The Boat Hotel in Boat of Garten, which will save over £16,000 and 115 tonnes of CO2 annually thanks to an interest-free loan to purchase a biomass boiler and advice from RES. The Pledge scheme is an ideal way for businesses to start their journey towards greater resource efficiency, and several Highland businesses including Mackays Hotel in Caithness and McInnes Plumbing and Heating in Inverness, have already made a Pledge.
Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: "I'm delighted that Highland Council are becoming Ambassadors for the Resource Efficiency Pledge and supporting us to reach businesses in this area. The Pledge helps businesses to save significant sums of money on their running costs, cut their carbon footprint and show off their green credentials all in one easy step. "
Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor Drew Hendry said: “The Resource Efficient Scotland Pledge is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to receive support to implement real action and achieve actual savings while reducing carbon emissions.
“The Highland Council role as pledge ambassador reinforces our commitment to supporting the transition to a Carbon CLEVER Highlands. Carbon CLEVER is about practical solutions and creating an environment that fosters growth and attracts investment. "
Depute Leader, Councillor David Alston said: “It is great to see Highland organisations receiving support from Resource Efficient Scotland, and as an ambassador the Council can promote this further. It’s an opportunity for business to implement win/win efficiency solutions, saving themselves money while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions. "
Convener of The Highland Council, Councillor Jimmy Gray added: “There is already a lot of very positive work being done by organisations and community groups across the Highlands. This new scheme provides the inspiration and motivation for businesses to become more efficient and we look forward to supporting and promoting the benefits for the area.”
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: • B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores – Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and • B851 Errogie – Strathnairn – Daviot Bridge – Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of £482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under £2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an £80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a £200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another £80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The £48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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