SME Efficiency And Cost Reduction Questionnaire

The aim of this tool is to carry out a quick overview of the level of Resource Efficiency in your company. This will allow Green Business to provide you with quick and useful feedback on what you can do to make your business more efficient and reduce costs.

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Energy

  • Have you identified the equipment in your business which uses the majority of the energy consumed?

    Have you identified the equipment in your business which is using the majority of energy consumed by sub-metering or calculating usage based on energy ratings and operational times?

  • Do you know that your energy costs could be reduced by changing the energy type used in your business (oil, gas, electricity, wood etc.)?

    When you work out the cost of energy used in your business in terms of € per kWh, you will see that electricity is more than twice the cost of oil and liquid gas per unit of energy consumed. Natural gas is approximately half the cost of oil.

  • Have you taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of your business?

    The carbon footprint of your business is related to the total amount of greenhouse gases produced from the burning of fossil fuels such as gas, oil, and diesel and petrol used in transportation.

  • Have you installed energy efficient LED lighting?

    Have you replaced inefficient lighting such as halogen and tungsten bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting?

  • Do you monitor your electricity/gas/oil usage on a monthly basis and compare to business activity?

    Do you have a system in place to monitor energy consumed on a monthly basis?

  • Have you checked that all fridges and freezers are set on optimal temperature settings?

    Fridges and freezers consume large amounts of power. If fridges and freezers are set at incorrect temperature settings this can cause an increase in energy consumption.

  • Have you trained your staff to be more aware of the amount of energy they consume and how they can reduce this?

    Staff awareness on energy management is a key part in controlling energy consumption. For example; turning off key equipment when not required (e.g. ovens, fans, air conditioning, lighting).

Water

  • Do you take regular water readings?

    Do you measure and record the reading on your water meter weekly or monthly?

  • Have you checked for any water leaks in your system?

    Have you performed any tests or fitted any leak detection devices?

  • Do you know what the main water users are in your business?

    Have you taken measures to calculate or measure water used by the key water users in your business?

  • Have you taken any measures to control flush volumes in toilets and urinals?

    Have you fitted any devices to toilets or urinals that reduce their water consumption?

  • Have you taken any measures to reduce water consumption by other appliances in your business such as taps and hoses?

    Have you bought water efficient appliances or fitted any devices to taps to reduce consumption?

  • Do you collect rainwater or reuse process water in your business to flush toilets, clean floors/ yards etc.?

    Does your business either (a) collect rainwater or (b) collect process water for flushing or toilets, washing of floors, yards and vehicles?

Waste

  • Do you segregate your waste into different waste streams such as recyclables, non-recyclables, and food waste?

    Do you have a waste segregation system on site to ensure food waste is collected in a food waste bin, and that recyclables are segregated from landfill/general waste?

  • Do you know how much waste you produce monthly in terms of volume or weight?

    Do you have a system in place to monitor waste arising by weight or volume? You may for example use invoices from waste contractors that tell you how much waste is collected and record these values.

  • Do you know the cost of collection for each of your waste types?

    Do you know the cost of collection for a bin/tonne of general waste, food waste, and recyclable waste?

  • Have you taken measures to reduce packaging on goods inwards?

    Have you quantified the packaging received by your business and considered trying to reduce this?

  • Do you take measures to prevent or reduce food waste?

    Have you reviewed the quantity of food waste produced by your business and have you taken measures to reduce or prevent this?

  • Have you communicated to staff what actions they should take to segregate, reduce, and minimise waste?

    Have you provided any staff training on what is required of them in terms of waste segregation in the business and what they can do to reduce and minimise waste?

Management System

  • Are Management committed to resource efficiency?

    Management must be convinced that the investment of staff time and finances in the area of resource efficiency and utility cost control is necessary for a resource efficiency programme to work.

  • Does your business use resource efficiency metrics?

    Do you measure the energy consumption, water consumption and waste produced against the business activity/production? E.g. Litres of water used per unit of production.

  • Have you appointed someone in house who is responsible for Resource Efficiency?

    Is there a member of staff with specific responsibility for managing utility consumption and costs? Sometimes this person is referred to as the “Green Champion” or “Resource Efficiency Leader”.

  • Do you have a Resource Efficiency Action Plan?

    Has your business written down a list of actions that it will undertake to reduce consumption in the business? E.g. Reduce energy consumption, water consumption etc.

  • Has your business trained staff to be more resource efficient?

    Does your business have procedures in place to raise employee awareness on the consumption of resources such as energy, water, waste, etc.?

  • Does your business have a procedure for green procurement?

    When purchasing goods, services, works and utilities does your business consider impacts on the environment, aim to buy locally to reduce transportation costs, and assess the environmental impacts of raw materials etc.?