Case Study

WRAP: Optimising Resources

Large companies look to cut resource use
A tailored approach optimises results
Annual savings of £318,000 identified

Large companies look to cut resource use

Organisations including Diageo, the British Library and Kew Gardens teamed up with resource efficiency leaders WRAP to learn how to cut costs and lower their environmental impact. To help these businesses and their facilities managers, WRAP ran a Resource Optimisation Review (ROR) project; Carbon Smart were the experts chosen by WRAP to deliver RORs to eight organisations. RORs identify areas where many kinds of products and resources can be reduced, reused and recycled. Julie led the Carbon Smart team in delivering these objectives. .

A tailored approach optimises results

With partners as diverse as office buildings and a botanic garden, it was vital that we really got to know each of the organisations. Julie and the team conducted each ROR keeping in mind the individual business requirements, working practices, operational challenges and supplier contract intricacies of each organisation. She gained the enthusiasm of multiple stakeholders by ensuring that all the relevant departments, from facilities to procurement, were fully involved. The team identified diverse opportunities from all parts of the businesses, drawing on their extensive experience finding cost savings in large organisations. The final reports included recommendations ranging from recycling segregation to employee engagement activities, and detailed all cost implications and payback periods.

For example, Julie worked with one organisation and their facilities managers to identify challenges in the head office. By gaining the insights of the organisation’s staff, Julie found that recycling levels in the offices could be improved by simplifying the signage on the bins. By also engaging the facilities managers’ catering staff, Julie found that a high volume of water was wasted in the kitchens, which could be reduced by changing staff training procedures.

Annual savings of £318,000 identified

On top of these total cost savings, Julie and the team also identified environmental impact improvements: the eight organisations Carbon Smart worked with found annual savings of 924 tonnes of CO2e, 521 tonnes of waste and 30,400 m3 of water. The combination of truly tailored advice, tangible cost savings and reduced environmental impact add up to a great business case for these companies to enact our recommendations.