North Ayrshire businesses playing their part in tackling climate change
Posted on 12 Nov 2021
LOCAL businesses are leading the way in becoming more energy efficient.
In a recent analysis of Scottish local authorities, North Ayrshire topped the table for the number of energy audit referrals to Zero Waste Scotland from their business community.
The Council’s Business Team have worked closely with local firms to help them get involved in the transition to net zero.
The team has established a Green Route Map to ensure the support offered is aligned closely with the business’s understanding of sustainability.
This means that any type of business can access help to identify and implement green projects to support Scotland’s drive towards net zero.
The free energy audit is the one of the easiest methods of identifying opportunities within each business to initiate energy-saving projects and reduce carbon emissions. The audit report provides independent advice to help the businesses consider the costs and payback timeframes involved in implementing each green solution.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “COP 26 is our best - and last - chance to strike an international agreement which will secure a safe future for our planet.
“It must be a collective effort and, whilst climate justice is an international cause, it can have local solutions. That’s why we, as a council, can lead locally and inspire those around us to make a change.
“Our Business Team did a fantastic job supporting local companies during the pandemic and now they are helping them develop in a way that will help them to become net zero.
“It is extremely heartening to see so many firms take the energy audit and begin the green transition to make them much more energy efficient.”
David Gunn, Zero Waste Scotland Business Support Programme Manager, said: “It is pleasing to see so many businesses in North Ayrshire being motivated to reduce their energy use. Not only does this add profit directly to their bottom line, but it also goes a long way to helping Scotland meet its target to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2045.
“Since the start of 2016, the advice given by Zero Waste Scotland to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in North Ayrshire has identified more than £15m of energy saving opportunities. The actions taken by North Ayrshire SMEs to implement our recommendations will reduce their collective carbon output by more than 23,000 tonnes. That’s equivalent to the emissions from more than 82 million car miles.”
For more information about the energy audit go to https://energy.zerowastescotland.org.uk/save-energy