Green Profits have the edge
By Chris Greenhalgh :
PEM continue to work with Groundwork Cheshire in marketing support to disseminate environmental best practice following the success of a series of best practice visits and producing a set of case studies covering manufacturing, distribution and service companies.
Three companies were recognised for their achievements in energy, water and waste efficiency to increase profits with a Green Profits Award: global specialist paper coating manufacturer Tullis Russell Coaters, mobile phones and accessories distributor 20:20 Mobile and prestigious Alvaston Hall Hotel.
Vicky Greenhalgh of PEM organised and managed the best practice visits working alongside the Environmental Business Services team.
All the winners were presented with their award at the end of a behind the scenes visit to showcase to local business owners how going green has saved significant sums of money and increased profitability.
Paul Williams, Safety & Environmental Manager who has worked with Groundwork's Resource Efficiency team since 2004 focused on the company's energy saving measures that required either minimal or no outlay but have reduced its carbon footprint by 17%. One of the most significant has been a 34% reduction in the energy required for heating the main offices and the company now plan to roll out the same measures to other parts of the site.
Steve Holland, Group Quality Manager for 20:20 Mobile, who spearheaded a free Groundwork Cheshire review has already saved over £15,000 from water efficiencies and further potential savings in excess of £20,000 have been identified for energy and waste minimisation.
Whilst at Alvaston Hall Hotel all 153 employees are spurred on by the Hotel's 9-strong Green Team (pictured above), headed up by Paul Heath, Health & Safety Maintenance Manager, who work together to promote environmental best practice that has resulted in £8,500 in energy savings to date.
For many service based businesses environmental best practice is never high on the agenda but with ever increasing energy costs, any savings have a significant impact on the bottom line and everyone benefits.
Ian Melton Principal Project Manager at Groundwork Cheshire said “The visits were a resounding success and Vicky has been instrumental in making sure we have gained the most marketing opportunities from the visits as well as the case studies that were produced. These visits were a springboard to a new programme where SMEs can have a free Resource Efficiency review and Vicky is supporting us in recruiting more companies”. For further details please visit: www.e-3.org.uk.