Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Making your company more efficient and sustainable

Commercial feature

Danny Paton, DOE's Wendy Cooke and ARENA Network's Keelin Hamill are urging businesses to get involved in the 'Sustainability meets Efficiency' programme
Danny Paton, DOE's Wendy Cooke and ARENA Network's Keelin Hamill are urging businesses to get involved in the 'Sustainability meets Efficiency' programme

Arena Network is calling for small businesses to get involved in its Sustainability meets Efficiency programme.

Assistance is available for up to 40 businesses across Northern Ireland, helping them to make the most of their resources and become more sustainable.

Funded by the Department of the Environment’s Rethink Waste Campaign, this unique programme for SMEs will provide free, innovative and proven tools of engagement to develop their environmental management.

ARENA Network’s Keelin Hamill, Programme Manager explains: “Sustainability Meets Efficiency’ will help small businesses prevent, reduce, reuse and recycle waste. In addition it will involve reducing carbon (through energy efficiencies), improved resource efficiencies, and at the same time help businesses comply with environmental legislation and save money.

“With the support of Rethink Waste, we are delighted to offer participants free places on this programme, however, they are required to assign a member of staff to manage the programme on behalf of the organisation.

Practical support, solutions and advice will include:

  • A series of one-to-one meetings with an expert Environmental Auditor, benefiting from specialist knowledge and experience;
  • An environmental audit report outlining tailored advice and guidance on resource efficiency and cost savings for the organisation;
  • Information on environmental legislation with which the SME’s must comply; and
  • An environmental action plan outlining actions for environmental improvements and cost savings specific to the organisation

Environment Minister, Alex Attwood said: “Resource efficiency and using materials more effectively is simply a question of good commercial sense.

“I am pleased that my Department has been able to support ARENA Network in this project to assist the business community which will help the environment and save money in these challenging economic times. I encourage businesses to apply as soon as possible.”

To participate in Sustainability meets Efficiency, please sent an email to keelin.hamill@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606. For more information on Business in the Community, please go www.bitcni.org.uk

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