Products, support, and services
To help businesses and other organisations understand the benefits of sustainability, we are developing a number of tools:
- The Business Enterprise Sustainability Tool (BEST) – quantifiable support through the deployment of a diagnostic tool which will not only help prepare companies and organisations for a future based around change to incorporate climate action, but also identify real economic benefits by focussing expert advice in multiple fields on specific company requirements.
- An SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) aware sustainability prioritisation tool for assessing the overall “value” of projects and activities.
- A self-assessment tool to enable continual self-assessment and improvement.
They will be ready for deployment, following testing and trials in early 2022.
Learning and sharing
We believe it is important to share our journey with others, what went well, and lessons learned. One of our communication tools will be through the production of a serialised publication called a “Blueprint for change.” The first edition, coordinated by our colleague Professor Julieanna Powell-Turner will be out in the summer and will consider:
- A narrative of what we’ve done and why we’ve done it
- What went well and why, and,
- Lessons learned to date
It will tell the story of the journey and benefits of moving towards a sustainable future.
In addition, our colleague at the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso (part of the University of the Highlands and Islands) will be coordinating the development of appropriate training, skills and education. This work will be delivered in line with the tools above.
To enable the products and services to be delivered to the various customers, an integrated service offering is required.
- The Sustainability Business Support Hub – This is a venture run by our colleagues in the Caithness Chamber of Commerce, supported by expert advice from ROSE. They are in the process of establishing a coordination hub to provide real, tangible help to businesses and organisations through the use of sustainability. identifying all green finance and support available from multiple sources and making it easily digestible so that businesses and other organisations can take advantage in the pursuit of a sustainable future. In addition, the focal point for sustainability expert advice, support and product deployment to enable businesses and other organisations to realise the financial, environmental, community and cultural benefits of a forward strategy based on sustainability principles.
- Demonstrating the value of sustainability using Pilot activities – The Chamber of Commerce, once again supported by ROSE will develop and deliver a serries of pilot activities focussed on proving sustainability benefits by demonstration. Their first pilot activity this year will be focused around food waste, which we will report on as it develops.
To ensure that project delivery is properly supported:
- We will establish a Community Interest Company
- All our activities in the local region will be focussed through and integrate with the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership (CNSRP)
- We will work in collaboration with others, particularly:
- University of Chester (Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST))
- The Environmental Research Institute (ERI), Thurso, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands
- We will work with key stakeholders, establish meaningful links with academic and other likeminded activities, institutions and organisation
- Seek commercial income to offset grant funding for re-investment in the ROSE Project.
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