Businesses that reduce their impact on the environment often find they save money too. Resource efficiency is about looking at the resources a business consumes and finding ways to reduce them. That could be energy, water, packaging, the production of waste. Developing the local economy is one of the ten One Planet principles of sustainability.
There are a number of local and national initiatives that help businesses improve their environmental performance and the details of some of them are included here.
Green Growth Platform
A new project led by the University of Brighton to link the knowledge assets of the university with 1,000 high-growth-potential small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and private, public and third-sector partners, with the aims of supporting innovation, addressing skills shortages and improving growth in low-carbon environmental goods and services sectors. It will focus on four areas: sustainable buildings and retrofit; renewable energy; recycling and waste; and water.
Sustainable Business Network
Regular networking events for businesses either looking to improve their resource efficiency or seeking new customers for their environmental product or services.
Green Chamber Collective
Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce hosts a group of like-minded businesses united by their passion to cultivate sustainability in the city.
National programme helping businesses and individuals reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.
The Carbon Trust
National organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies.
The Environment Agency
The Government regulator responsible for protecting and improving the environment and promoting sustainable development. Maintain the public registers for waste carriers.
A programme offering seminars, meet-the-buyer events and one-to-one support to businesses working in the construction, energy efficiency and renewables sectors to help them better compete for large public and private sector contracts.