Resource efficiency case studies

Many businesses have taken steps to be more efficient in their use of resources, enabling them to reduce the waste they produce and save money.  Here we highlight some examples.

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Resource efficiency

  • Wrap Film Systems Ltd (supplier of cling film and aluminium foil)
    Following a series of resource efficiency workshops and a visit from a WRAP advisor, a number of opportunities to improve the environmental performance of the company was identified to reduce costs and enhance the service it provides to customers. 
     
  • Spirit Pub Company
    Having already won a number of sustainability awards, Spirit Pub Company was keen to build on its successes and help its suppliers improve their resource efficiency and save money. In one initiative alone, annual savings of £50,000 were identified through the re-use of single-use metal skewers. 
  • The Authentic Food Company (food manufacturer)
    Potential annual savings of £24,000 were identified at a food manufacturing site, through measures such as baling cardboard, using vehicles that run on biodiesel, and diverting food waste from landfill to anaerobic digestion.
     
  • Toyoda Gosei UK
    (manufacturer of rubber seals for automotive industry)
       

    While the majority of TGUK’s waste is collected from the site for recycling, the company wanted to investigate ways of making its processes more resource efficient, so turned to WRAP for help. As a result, over £38,000 of annual savings were identified from low-cost and no-cost resource efficiency measures. 
     
  • Bettaveg (wholesale food supplier) 
    Potential savings of £5,000 a year were identified through measures such as re-usable plastic crates, increasing recycling rate, installing energy efficient lighting, providing driver training for improved transport efficiency, and engaging staff in resource efficiency. 
     
  • L'Aquila (Mediterranean vegetable ingredients supplier) 
    A business that has reduced costs and improved resource efficiency through measures such as more accurate forecasting to reduce wastage, engaging staff to contribute to ideas in reducing the company's carbon footprint, standardising carton sizes, and promoting more sustainable styles of packaging to customers.
     
  • Arcol (manufacturer of resistor technology)  
    Truro-based technology business Arcol is reaping the benefits from improving its resource efficiency and exploring new ways to reduce costs, generating more than £20,000 of savings to date. 
     
  • Reynolds (suppliers of fruit, vegetables & produce) 
    A family-run business that has taken steps to reduce waste and resource usage, including introducing a re-usable crate system, providing recycling facilities, briefing staff about the importance of waste management and introducing enhanced driver training. 
     
  • ICE Entertainment (event services and entertainment) 
    While ICE produces relatively little waste, the company wanted to show that it was doing everything it could to minimise its impact on the environment and demonstrate to its wide client base that it takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. 
     
  • Underwood Meat Company (fresh meat supplier)
    Opportunities identified for further reducing waste and improving resource efficiency include detailed recording of waste streams, separating food waste from general waste, recycling broken pallets, working with suppliers to use re-usable plastic crates and undertaking a water and energy review. 

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Water efficiency 

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) 
    HMRC is implementing a water efficiency programme and as part of this it identified one of the main areas of water use to be the toilets. So far, it has managed to reduce the capacity of over 500 cisterns, saving a total cistern volume of 435 litres.
     
  • Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) 
    MCC implemented a programme of installing sub-meters to monitor water use in individual buildings, to develop ideas for additional reductions. MCC has also ensured that toilets and urinals have been fitted with water reduction controls, such as low-volume cisterns and flush sensors.
     
  • Saint-Gobain Ecophon 
    As a result of Ecophon joining the Rippleffect, staff engagement increased and by monitoring water usage, a leak was identified within the first week of starting the campaign. 
     
  • University Partnerships Programme (UPP) 
    UPP has reduced WC flush volumes, ensured regular maintenance of leaking taps and cross checked meter readings with water bill figures. By implementing these measures, water savings of nearly 500m3 have been achieved.
     
  • Didcot Distribution Centre, Asda Stores Limited 
    The site was able to reduce its annual water use by up to 500m3, saving around £1,000. Actions taken include undertaking regular measurements of water use, regular maintenance to fix leaking taps, and checking overflows, pipework, valves and water-using appliances.
     
  • Nottingham Zinc Group Ltd
    As a business that keeps a close eye on its water use, Nottingham Zinc Group installed a semi-closed loop system that re-uses water and saves around £3,000/year. The company is also developing a new facility to collect and filter rainwater to reduce its requirement for mains water by 70%.
  • University of Worcester
    As part of the university’s commitment to sustainability, it registered for free water efficiency support from WRAP. Through the implementation of simple, low-cost measures, potential annual savings of up to 6,886m3 were identified.

  • Boniface Engineering
    By introducing urinal flush controllers and reducing WC cistern volumes, the company reduced its annual water consumption by 822m3 - saving £800 with a short payback of just nine months.

  • City University London
    Already taking action to reduce water use in its buildings through a refurbishment programme, the university requested a free site visit from WRAP as part of The Rippleffect. This resulted in total annual water savings of up to 2,500m3, with associated potential cost savings worth up to £5,000.
  • London Metropolitan University
    With a commitment to reducing its environmental impact, the university joined the Rippleffect to identify opportunities to reduce its water use. As a result, the university has reduced its annual water consumption and achieved further cost savings.

  • Crown Prosecution Service 
    The CPS registered for the Rippleffect to help meet its Greening Government Commitments targets and identified further potential water efficiency savings.

  • Park Plaza
    Installing water efficient showerheads, a food waste digester and re-using water enabled the hotel to achieve impressive water efficiency savings.

  • Laleham Healthcare
    Altering standard procedures for cleaning equipment, using mains water instead of de-ionised water and reviewing the boiler blowdown, led to significant potential water savings.

  • Moorfields Pharmaceuticals
    As part of an ongoing project to reduce water and energy use at its London site, Moorfields identified its heating system as a potential source of water wastage. 

  • The National Archives
    Refurbishing toilet facilities, installing sensor-operated cisterns, urinals and taps and attaching Automatic Meter Readers to understand water use has helped the organisation to achieve a sizeable reduction in water use.

  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
    Simple actions such as installing water saving devices and fixing leaks enables the Trust to continue providing effective and value for money services.

  • Cargill plc
    Finding and repairing a leak pays off, and installing sub-meters to measure water usage enables the company to further identify future water efficiency savings.

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