Resource-efficient business

Here you can find information about other organisations dedicated to the provision of information and advice about sustainable and resource-efficient business practice. This page is not a comprehensive guide but will contain much relevant signposting that comes to our attention.

If you are aware of information that would be beneficial for the profession to share, please get in touch and we will be glad to post suitable links here.

Information on this page falls into the following categoties:

  1. The requirements of forthcoming regulations
  2. Sources of information about energy-efficient business practice

1. The requirements of forthcoming regulations

A summary of the Regulations  as at February 2015 can be viewed by using the related link.

Practitioners and organisations themselves must take steps to comply with forthcoming regulations and are guided by the Waste (Scotland) Regulations, which came into effect in May 2012. These regulations laid out a roadmap for progress towards the deflection of recyclable materials from landfill, and increased recovery of the valuable recyclable resources contained in waste material.

A key government target was the reduction to zero by 1 January 2014 of all dry recyclable material from waste generated by all businesses.

This means that no recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, glass and electrical equipment etc) are permitted to remain in business waste after 1 January 2014.

All businesses must now have processes in place to segregate and separately recycle these 'dry' items in order to be compliant.

Separate targets for food waste also came into force as from 1 January 2014. Any offices that run a canteen or dispose of excess catering ordered in and not consumed must be aware of and comply with these.

2. Sources of information about energy-efficient business practice

Practitioners and organisations may choose to take steps:

  • to improve their own energy efficiency
  • to inform themselves as to regulatory changes about which their clients will wish to obtain advice

Zero Waste Scotland, Energy Saving Trust Scotland, and Legal Sector Alliance are some of the many organisations which offer information about sustainable and low-carbon business practice.

They also offer practical assistance and training opportunities to enable businesses and individuals to meet the targets and reap the benefits of more sustainable business practice.

Download details here to learn more about the free energy savings review currently offered to your business by Zero Waste Scotland.

Here are full details of how to join the Scottish forum of the Legal Sector Alliance.

CPD is available for the free talks that we can organise from these organisations for your faculty or group. Individual visits/talks can also be arranged for larger firms. Please contact us for further information or to discuss dates.

Reducing energy costs and carbon

Financial support and free advice to help reduce energy consumption are available for solicitors and other businesses.

The Energy Saving Trust Scotland, an advice agency funded by the Scottish Government, offers free energy efficiency and transport reviews and audits from qualified energy consultants and advisers.

The service includes a tailored report detailing no-cost and low-cost measures along with others requiring capital input. The audit and report also provide information on suitable renewable technologies and incentives.

The trust offers interest-free and low-interest small business loans of £1,000 to £100,000 to help businesses install renewable energy technologies or measures that reduce energy consumption.

Funded by Transport Scotland, the trust also provides an interest-free, low-carbon transport loan from £500 to £50,000. This scheme aims to support organisations that want to reduce the carbon impact and fuel costs of their transport and travel arrangements with new, more efficient alternatives.

Find out more about these initiatives on the Energy Saving Trust webpage for organisations and check out these links: