The Scottish Parliament has become the latest organisation to take part in the national Resource Efficiency Pledge scheme.
The Resource Efficiency Pledge is led by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland, which works with businesses to help them reduce both their running costs and carbon emissions.
By making the Pledge, businesses can choose a number of actions that will help to reduce their use of energy, water and raw materials, and also provides a way to demonstrate they are environmentally responsible.
As an official Resource Efficiency Pledge Ambassador, the Scottish Parliament will work with businesses to promote the scheme and support them to make savings. In doing so the Parliament has committed to:
- Embedding resource efficiency in its own operations
- Actively contributing to achieving a low carbon economy for Scotland.
Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, said: “By committing to resource efficiency, organisations can take simple steps to reduce their material and energy use, save money and help the environment. I hope that the Scottish Parliament will inspire others to adopt these techniques which will help to minimise the use of vital resources.”
David McGill, Scottish Parliament Assistant Chief Executive, (pictured, above with Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland) added: “Our plan to reduce our carbon footprint by 42% by 2020 from the baseline year of 2006 is on course to be achieved and the carbon management plan continues to deliver reductions in our carbon emissions.”