Sustainable Consumption and Production


The following projects illustrate the large strategic projects that have been undertaken in the Northwest to help businesses become more resource efficient and to reduce the resources that we consume. 

  •  ENWORKS is a not-for-profit organisation that helps Northwest businesses reduce their energy use, make cost savings and reduce their impact on the environment. Since 2001 it has supported over 10,000 businesses leading to cost savings of £144 million and £223 million of new sales or sales safeguarded.  Annual savings: 740,000T carbon dioxide, 3.1 million tonnes of material, 5.9 million tonnes of water and 450,000 Tonnes of waste diverted from landfill


  • Northwest Eco-Innovation programme led by Lancaster Environment Centre worked with businesses to manufacture products with reduced environmental impact by virtue of their design, raw materials, manufacture, use, reuse, application and ultimately disposal


  • Northwest Construction Knowledge Hub led by the University of Salford has worked with construction SMEs to assist them in winning more business in the public and private sector through better performance on resource efficiency and waste reduction


  • Envirolink Northwest has delivered two phases of the Northwest Waste Technology Virtual Centre of Excellence (NWWTVCoE) focused on the business growth opportunities for waste and recycling companies in the Northwest. These have included opportunities throughout the supply chain, extending from pure research and technology optimisation, to full commercial exploitation. Envirolink is responsible for diverting four million tonnes of waste to higher value recycling markets and creating or safeguarding over 2,000 jobs

Further information on the full range of projects supported and undertaken is included in the Case Studies section of this website.