Improving Your Resource Efficiency

Find out how to cut costs, increase profitability and reduce the environmental impacts of your business

Improving Your Resource Efficiency is one of the business support products under the government's Solutions for Business portfolio.

Improving Your Resource Efficiency provides both simple and more specialist forms of support, advice and guidance on how to save money by using raw materials, energy and water more efficiently.

Why should you get involved?

Improving your resource efficiency leads to a number of benefits including:

  • cutting your business' costs
  • improving your business' reputation with customers, investors, the public, employees and other stakeholders
  • reducing the impact your business has on the environment

Are you eligible for help?

Yes. Most of the support, especially at an initial level, is available to all businesses. Much of it can be implemented at no or low cost.

Where should you start?

Read our top ten tips for reducing waste and saving energy.

For more information, see our guide on the benefits of improving your environmental performance. You can also use our interactive tool to identify where you can save money by going green.

Where can you go for more specialist help?

The Carbon Trust provides advice and practical support to help your business cut its energy bills and carbon emissions:

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) is the lead body for resource efficiency. WRAP advises businesses on environmental issues, such as:

  • efficient use of raw materials and resources
  • waste reduction at source
  • supply chain efficiency
  • eco-design
  • recycling

The business sectors that WRAP works with include:

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) operates a network that brings together all types of businesses, identifying mutually profitable links so that previously unused resources (materials, energy and expertise) from one organisation are recovered, reprocessed and reused by others:

Where can you get more information on different types of support?

Read our guide on where to get advice on environmental issues.