Glasgow Fort has officially become Scotland’s first shopping centre to join Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency Ambassador programme. Zero Waste Scotland launched the Resource Efficient Scotland programme in 2013 to help small to medium sized businesses and organisations save money and energy by using resources more efficiently.
With 4 million visits per annum and almost 100 brands on site, Glasgow Fort has joined the likes of the National Library of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Glasgow Airport by making a series of pledges to improve its own sustainability and encourage the community to cut waste.
Glasgow Provan MSP Ivan McKee joined Glasgow Fort Centre Director Phil Goodman and Zero Waste Scotland’s Warren McIntyre today for the official announcement.
Over the next year, Glasgow Fort will be actively engaging with its key suppliers and tenants – including leading brands Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Zara, Vue, Nando’s, TGI Friday and Wagamama – to encourage participation in on-site sustainability initiatives. These will include the establishment of a ‘Green Team’, a litter prevention action plan, new recycling stations, a bottle return container, bin conversions to segment waste types, and water fountains to promote water bottle refills. Glasgow Fort has committed to embedding resource efficiency in its own business operations and to show leadership in driving sustainable growth through its supply chain.
Centre Director at Glasgow Fort Phil Goodman said:
“On behalf of Glasgow Fort, I’m very proud that our centre has become an Ambassador of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficiency scheme.
“With millions of visits each year and a large community of employees, Glasgow Fort has an important and visible role to play in helping Scotland to achieve a low carbon economy.
“We look forward to working with all staff, tenants, suppliers and the public on various activities and initiatives on site to reduce waste and improve energy efficiency.”
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government reiterated its commitment to an emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050.
Ivan McKee MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Provan, commented:
“I’m delighted to be here at Glasgow Fort for the official launch of the centre becoming an Ambassador of the Resource Efficiency programme.
“It is crucial for prominent city landmarks such as Glasgow Fort to participate in efforts to cut waste and encourage energy efficiency, and in turn encourage the community around them to do so.
“Scotland’s transition to a low carbon society can only be achieved with the involvement of everyone, including the private sector, and in that context I congratulate Glasgow Fort for taking on an important leadership role.”
The Resource Efficiency Pledge was launched in 2013 as a nationwide scheme backed by Scottish Government to encourage Scottish businesses to take action and be more efficient with energy, water and raw material use throughout their operations. Implementing sustainable transport, litter prevention and new waste management technologies are more ways that businesses can make an impact with support from the pledge scheme.
Warren McIntyre, Business Support Programme Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said:
“We want to congratulate Glasgow Fort for coming on board as Resource Efficiency Ambassadors. They are leading the way as the first shopping centre in our ambassador programme to commit to significantly reducing waste while saving costs at the same time.
“Glasgow Fort’s Sustainability Action Plan is the start of a bright future in which big brands all play a part in the move towards a low carbon society. The first step towards zero waste is creating a baseline before targets can be set and plans put in place — all the tools to do this can be found on the Resource Efficient Scotland website.
“We would be delighted to welcome more organisations in the private, public and third sectors to become Resource Efficiency Ambassadors – and demonstrate their leadership in promoting the long-term sustainability of Scottish businesses.”
The new commitments formalise Glasgow Fort’s ongoing sustainability initiatives, including its zero to landfill policy. Glasgow Fort is also currently assessing the feasibility of installing a MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) to enable more efficient recycling on-site.
Glasgow Fort’s initiatives complement the wider sustainability efforts of British Land, which manages the centre. With assets across the whole of the UK, British Land has an award-winning track record in sustainability, with activities focused on four key areas – wellbeing, community, future-proofing and skills and opportunity.
Any organisations wishing to become a Resource Efficiency Ambassador should contact Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland service on 0808 808 2268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org