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About us

We help organisations cut energy costs by an average of 24%

Each year over 34,000 individuals from a range of organisations get in touch with us.

Why? Because we offer free, impartial advice and specialist consultancy support.

Funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund, the service offers free advice and technical support, shares best practices and new technologies.

Supporting Scottish organisations to be more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint will make a significant contribution addressing the climate emergency and helping achieve Scottish Government’s strategic economic objectives as well as climate change, energy efficiency and zero waste targets.

Call 0808 808 2268 today or email us to cut your energy bills and do your bit to address the climate emergency.


Resource Efficient Scotland was a programme by Zero Waste Scotland, launched in 2013. In 2020 the programme has been relaunched as Zero Waste Scotland’s Business Energy Efficiency Service with a focus on reduction of energy consumption.


Waste prevention

Zero Waste Scotland also continues to offer support for waste prevention. To request an opportunities assessment for prevention of preventing food and drink waste in your business please email the food and drink team.   

Specialist consultants are available to the construction sector, at no cost, to help explore, collaborate and implement opportunities and identify options for future-proofing construction projects, please contact the construction team.   


Scottish Government policy drivers

The Scottish Government continues to engage with businesses and industry on decarbonisation in order to take forward the Climate Change Plan and Scottish energy strategy: the future of energy in Scotland.

The role of Zero Waste Scotland is to support small and medium-sized businesses to be more energy efficient, reducing not just operating costs by an average of 24% but also saving money and reducing carbon impact.


Climate Change Plan

Scottish Government are transitioning to a net-zero emissions Scotland for the benefit of the environment, people, and the country’s prosperity. Scotland’s world-leading climate change legislation sets a target date for net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045.

Our country’s contribution to climate change will end, definitively, within one generation. Scotland’s target of net-zero emissions by 2045 is five years ahead of the UK, and is firmly based on what the independent Committee on Climate Change advise is the limit of what can currently be achieved. The levels of all of Scotland’s targets are regularly reviewed following advice from the Commitee on Climate Change. Scotland's targets include a fair share of emissions from international aviation and shipping. Progress towards the targets is measured against 1990 levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide and 1995 levels of hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.


Planning to meet the emissions reduction targets

Scotland’s legislation requires a strategic delivery plan for meeting targets to be published at least every 5 years. The third Climate Change Plan was published in February 2018 and sits alongside the Energy Strategy. A second annual report monitoring progress towards delivery of this Plan was published in December 2019.

Scottish Government are currently in the process of updating the 2018 Plan to reflect the increased ambition of the targets set in the 2019 Act.

Scottish energy strategy: the future of energy in Scotland.

The Scottish Energy strategy’s 2050 vision for Scotland is to have a flourishing, competitive local and national energy sector, delivering secure, affordable, clean energy for Scotland’s households, communities and businesses. We are supporting businesses to reduce their energy and resulting carbon impact.


Zero Waste Scotland supports the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre (EREK) as active members of the EREK Network.


The European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre helps European companies, especially SMEs, save energy, material and water costs. It provides tools, information and business opportunities that show new and better ways to be resource efficient and benefit from circular economy business models which turn waste into an asset.

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