Green there: Done that
Over seventy delegates from across the business community gathered at Oh me Oh my!, on the 27th November, to discuss the benefits to their business from adopting a number of small changes to the way they work; such measures could generate significant savings to the energy and water they use or the waste they generate.
The event was the first in a series being arranged by the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce as part o their support to developing a local low carbon economy.
The meeting Chaired by Chamber, CEO, Jenny Stewart discussed with a panel of businesses that have already benefited from such an approach; the panel was made up of Chris Benson from Chris Benson signs, Paul Corcoran from Agent Marketing, Neil Woolam from RBS, Christine Fawcett from Liverpool Football Club and Robert Longthorne from the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.
The event heard how all the panellists had made significant costs savings to their business and at the same time were playing their part in reducing energy and water use and reducing their carbon outputs. Measures included reducing the low and temperature of water, reducing printing costs and ensuring lighting was switched off when not needed.
The key to success was to get employees to see the benefits of their actions to the company and themselves, and it was suggested that a small scale incentives could help. Having a champion within the company to drive change was important, particularly in the early stages.
It was recognised that modern equipment could provide many potential solutions, but raised a challenge in itself as to gain the most benefit required the systems to be optimised to the particular work place.
The conference was enthusiastic about the benefits offered by the new City bike scheme in providing convenient and healthy ways of travelling locally. The help provided by the Chambers transport advice service was also praised. This was part of the overall business support package being offered by the Chamber.
In closing panellists were invited to offer their top tips.
- Think about current costs and realise the benefits to your company of adopting new ways of working.
- Identify highest energy use and address that first
- Identify water savings
- Ensure a consistent approach.
- Identify the best ways to reinvest the savings with staff enjoying the benefits.
Companies wishing to make use of the Chambers free advisory service should contact, Donald McQueen or Phil Hill at Groundwork on 0151 7227362, or email@example.com
Look out for future events, in the ‘Building a low carbon economy’ series. The next one will be on 5th March, 2015, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org