Teesside University is spearheading a £2 million project to help over 150 regional businesses improve their resource efficiencies.
Hawk Fasteners, a local supplier for local government, as well as petrochemical and other industries in the UK, Europe and Middle East, is benefiting from Teesside University’s Resource Efficiency Pathways to Sustainable Growth (REPS) project.
It is working with the University’s Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE) to look at the company’s energy efficiency and operational carbon footprint information. This is particularly useful when tendering for new contracts, especially local government clients.
The REPS project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, offers a subsidised service for North East SMEs. It draws on the University’s considerable science and engineering expertise, providing a range of specialist consultancy and support to regional small and medium enterprises. It hopes to impact on 156 companies over three years improving efficiency, sustainability, cost savings and reduced carbon production.
A bronze, silver and gold awards scheme is designed to encourage businesses to review their operational and environmental position.
CLEMANCE challenges the idea that environmental protection is a financial burden on industry. The clean technology approach avoids pollution before it happens. Many companies have discovered that this can provide significant competitive advantage – reduced costs, product differentiation and improved public relations.