The free workshop, which takes places on Wednesday 3 February at Forth Valley College in Stirling, aims to gather insight from the sector on what changes can be made to reduce energy use, carbon emissions and costs for retailers.
Zero Waste Scotland Food, Drink and Retail Sector Manager, William Fergusson said: “Addressing the future sustainability of Scotland’s retail sector is a vital task to ensure that retailers are prepared for the environmental challenges that will impact upon their businesses.
“We hope to engage with as many independent retailers as possible in order to ensure that the appropriate support is available to enable Scottish retailers to remain competitive.”
Independent retailers, supply chain networks and industry partners, from refrigeration suppliers to shop outfitters, will address key resource efficiency issues.
Free advice and technical support for the retail sector is available through Resource Efficient Scotland, the Scottish Government programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland to reduce costs by implementing resource efficiencies in energy, water, raw materials and waste management. This includes advice on the SME loan scheme which provide loans from £1,000 to £100,000 for the installation of resource efficient measures.
Head of Resource Efficiency at Zero Waste Scotland, Marissa Lippiatt said: “The Scottish Government’s ambition to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curtail energy consumption over the next 30 years requires all business sectors to adopt green practices.”
Scotmid Co-operative will also be on hand to present the results of its retrofitted shop at Moredun, Edinburgh, which was the first of its kind in the county to implement a building management system that efficiently optimises its use of resources such as lighting, heating and refrigeration. The store, which received the Scottish Grocers Sustainable Retailer of the Year Award, was supported with funding and advice from Resource Efficient Scotland.