Mar 182012


Project ENWORKS resource efficiency coordination projectEnvironment Connect Advice lineNorthwest Waste Minimisation ProjectNorthwest Business Environment (Round 6) GM SRBEnvironmental Business SupportEmbedding Resource Efficiency in Key Sectors
Lifetime 2005 – 2012
Funding NWDASingle Regeneration Budget £21m£5m
BREW – ENWORKS resource efficiency coordination project (£510,000) This project coordinated the suite of Northwest Regional Resource Efficiency programmes, including ERDF co-financed initiatives. The activity ensured that the regional resource efficiency support services delivered to business in 2006/07 were coordinated, best practice was identified and shared, and duplication was minimised, in keeping with the role and remit of the RDA. BREW – Environment Connect Advice line (£125,000) The Environment Connect project was funded as a pilot commencing in 2006 to provide a single point of contact for the regional coordination of environmental support services to businesses in the Northwest. Previous research had identified that businesses were aware there was environmental support, but were unsure how to access it. Following the conclusion of the BREW funded pilot, the Environment Connect service was then funded as part of a wider Environmental Business Support project delivered by ENWORKS until 2009, when the service was handed over to Business Link Northwest as part of ongoing activities to mainstream resource efficiency advice and simplify business support.The Environment Connect project established a single telephone advice line for resource efficiency, business waste and environmental issues, and website, which provided guidance and information on available support and an event calendar.Northwest Waste Minimisation Project (£1.3m)This initiative aimed at improving the performance of SMEs across the region through waste minimisation, resource management and reducing environmental risk.  Activity involved a broad set of local delivery partners across the region with strategic leadership, monitoring and management being delivered by ENWORKS – a partnership based organisation for which Groundwork UK was the accountable body.Northwest Business Environment (Round 6) GM SRB (SRB £5m)

This programme was developed to improve business competitiveness in Northwest England, whilst enhancing its environmental performance. A seven year SRB-funded programme, it ran from 2000/01 to 2006/07 and made an investment of over £34 million available to Northwest companies.

Environmental Business Support (£9m)

This project delivered business resource efficiency support to business over a two year period, and was superseded by its successor ENWORKS project. The cost-benefit impact of the ENWORKS programme was very high with direct economic impacts of 12 times the cost of the intervention or 19 times if all externalities are accounted for. In 2009/10 ENWORKS introduced a standard Customer Satisfaction Survey for companies who had on-site support.  Overall satisfaction was 94%; 91% said they would implement some or all of the recommendations, and 87% stated that the impact would be over and above what they would have done otherwise.  This suggests that ENWORKS has had a catalytic effect, bringing action forward, but also an absolute effect in the amount of action taking place.

Embedding Resource Efficiency in Key Sectors (£10m)

Delivered by ENWORKS, this project followed on from the Environmental Business Support Programme in 2010.  The focus was set on reducing the use of energy, materials and water, to make more with less and to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Supporting small and medium sized companies (SMEs) to become more resource efficient was at the core of the project.  Specialist assistance was also available for businesses in the following sectors: automotive, food and drink, textiles and chemicals. The support was bespoke, dependent upon the needs of business e.g. for some businesses, targeted and timely information is often enough to achieve resource efficiency; for others, training and skills development is key; while for others, on-site support from a qualified environmental auditor is required to identify and help capitalise on efficiency improvements throughout the business operations. Beyond resource efficiency, businesses were also helped to address green travel planning, climate change risk management and adaptation, corporate responsibility, and preparing for new environmental legislation.

Outputs 25,000 businesses supported with resource efficiency support / accessing information5,800 jobs created or safeguarded£69m cost savings to business through improved resource efficiency£0.4m tonnes of waste diverted from landfill; 5.7 m3 water saved per annum0.7m tonnes CO2 saved per annumOther outputs included increased sales of over £28m, with sales safeguarded in excess of £68m, the production of 3,000 environmental policies & action plans, and the initiation of 86 recycling schemes
Lessons learned The independent position of ENWORKS: providers’ independence supports companies to prioritise and use quality providers with the knowledge that they do not have any partial interests leading them to recommend certain solutions or technical consultantsThe ability of sub regional providers to develop and maintain long term relationships with companies: this personal relationship of trust is seen as key to achieving a level of confidence between business and advisorThose sub regions who have had the most significant delivery capacity for longest have been able to achieve greatest implemented savings: a critical factor in this respect is the capacity to react to opportunities, particularly through minimising the length of time between referral and engagement
Future outlook The ENWORKS programme has funding until 2013 and will continue to provide support to help businesses improve their resource efficiency during this time.
Links Enworks
NW Waste Minimisation Evaluation 2008
NW Waste Minimisation Evaluation 2008
NW Waste Minimisation Evaluation 2008.PDF
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Evaluation Of The BREW NW Programme 2008
Evaluation Of The BREW NW Programme 2008
Evaluation of the BREW NW Programme 2008.PDF
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