Clyde Shopping Centre in West Dunbartonshire is encouraging local businesses to follow its lead and boost their environmental performance in 2015 by making a Resource Efficiency Pledge.
Since making the Resource Efficiency Pledge, a free scheme that asks businesses and organisations to show their commitment to the environment by taking action to enhance their green credentials, Clyde Shopping Centre has implemented a number of measures to reduce its emissions and waste. These include investing in an onsite composter to divert food waste from landfill and holding workshops with retailers on recycling and energy efficiency which have had a positive impact on the centre’s overall energy consumption and waste to landfill.
The Resource Efficiency Pledge is co-ordinated by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland that helps the public, private and third sectors reduce costs by using their energy, water and raw materials more efficiently.
Home to a range of retailers, food outlets and a cinema complex, the Clyde Shopping Centre signed up to the pledge to demonstrate its dedication to the environment and to encourage employees, partners and its 120 tenants to also take steps towards achieving a low carbon economy.
The shopping centre’s commitment to greener practices has seen it nominated for a number of sustainability awards, most recently in the SME Management category at the 2014 Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland Awards.
Andrew Forrester, centre manager at Clyde Shopping Centre, said: “The pledge has been instrumental in demonstrating how seriously we take our responsibility to the environment, and by providing support and recognition for the achievement of set initiatives, has helped ensure we make significant improvements that also result in financial savings.”