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Workshop to help retailers cut energy costs


Independent retailers will gather in Stirling next month to hear what support is available to help them reduce their energy costs and remain competitive.

They will be joined by representatives from the supply chain networks, refrigeration suppliers and shop outfitters.

Zero Waste Scotland food, drink and retail sector manager, William Fergusson said: “We hope to engage with as many independent retailers as possible.”

Discussion topics on the day will include:

                 Best practices for green retail

                 How investment in environmentally friendly technologies can have a positive impact for independent retailers

                 How a reduction in energy use can save money and increase productivity

                 New and existing technologies available to make retail operations more efficient

Following the event, Zero Waste Scotland will examine the role of the retail sector in meeting Scotland’s long-term environmental goals.

Free advice and technical support for the retail sector is available through Resource Efficient Scotland, the Scottish Government programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland to reduce costs by implementing resource efficiencies in energy, water, raw materials and waste management. This includes advice on the SME loan scheme which provide loans from £1,000 to £100,000 for the installation of resource efficient measures.

Head of resource efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland, Marissa Lippiatt said:The Scottish Government’s ambition to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curtail energy consumption over the next 30 years requires all business sectors to adopt green practices.

“This workshop is a valuable tool that lets us work in partnership with Scottish retail businesses to gather first hand information on what is currently working and where solutions are needed.”

Scotmid Co-operative will attend to talk about its system at Moredun which makes best use of lighting, heating and refrigeration. The store, which received the Scottish Grocers Sustainable Retailer of the Year Award, was supported with funding and advice from Resource Efficient Scotland.

> The Retail Energy Workshop will take place from 10:30am to 2:30pm on 3 February at Forth Valley College in Stirling.

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