‘Big Energy Saving Week’ is a campaign run by the Energy Saving Trust from Monday 22 – Friday 26 October aiming to help people save money on their energy bills. Energy Saving is the focus of a year-long support programme being run by Business in the Community Wales until April 2013. The Welsh Energy Workplace Challenge, funded by the Welsh Government SSL scheme delivered by Environment Wales and Cynnal Cymru, is using energy saving challenges to initiate and embed employee behaviour change in the workplace. Fifteen companies in Wales have so far signed up and are already starting to see the benefits to involving employees in business energy saving programmes among other sustainability initiatives. Welsh Water is just one of these and you can read what the organisation is doing and what benefits it has seen so far in their case study. The Workplace Energy Challenge is free, and supports employee behaviour change, lowering carbon footprints and impacts on the bottom line. Business in the Community Wales Director, Simon Harris, said: “Our recent members’ survey indicated that environmental sustainability was the number one priority for the vast majority of businesses that we work with in Wales. Engaging your employees and changing behaviour is fundamental to success in lowering your environmental impact. But it’s often one of the most difficult areas to change. Not only do carbon and cost savings go hand in hand, but engaging your staff can benefit team work, company loyalty and also positively impact behaviour at home. Through this project, we hope to address our members’ need to improve their environmental impact, engage their employees and at the same time impact on the bottom line.” As well as arming companies with knowledge to engage employees, participants will also get the opportunity to learn how to calculate carbon savings so the impact of their actions can be analysed during the duration of the project. As well as Welsh Water other companies taking part include Buy As You View, Cardiff Bus, Cassidian, Tata Steel, the DVLA, Network Rail and PHS Group, with support, tools and advice provided by BITC. For more information about the Workplace Energy Challenge contact the Programme Coordinator, Bonnie Hall on 029 2078 0050.
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