South West Sustainability
Improving the Sustainability of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the South West
The South West hosts over 40,000 SMEs and ensuring that they improve their sustainability impacts is important to the sustainable development of the region. Accordingly, the project as part of a research brief aims to help SMEs in the South West improve their sustainability as the transition towards a low carbon economy becomes increasing important.
Businesses at no financial cost will be offered a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to characterise the global warming contribution of their particular product or services both before and after a planned intervention.
The planned interventions will be specific to the needs of the business and could include energy or waste management advice; awareness raising training or methods to assist with the assessment and management of the businesses service or carbon footprint.
The potential benefits to a business on becoming involved in this multi-disciplinary research project are as follows:
• A reduction in operating costs; increasing profitability and operating margins
• An increase in tendering opportunities
• An evaluation of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product or service that contributes to global warming and strategies on how to reduce said emissions
• The provision of data that can assist with third party verification; for instance, in the implementation of an environmental management system or calculating your carbon footprint
• A greater understanding of how the business actually works
• A boost to employees morale
• Greater networking opportunities to share best practice
• An opportunity to work with experts who have environmental and business acumen in theoretical and practical fields at no financial cost
For further information on how your business can be benefit from this project in a time of recession contact us.