In the North West, small to medium enterprises have benefitted from resource efficiency audits from Enworks. Enworks is a unique business support programme co-ordinating environmental advice, training and support to North West based businesses. Enworks secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund to assist small to medium enterprises in resource efficiency programmes. Crowberry Consulting is an approved supplier to this programme and has supported many north west-based businesses to identify cost and environmental savings.
The Sandcastle Water Park at Blackpool is the UK’s largest indoor water park and one of Blackpool’s top tourist attractions. The water park features include over 18 slides, fun pools, wave machine, water chutes and lazy river, and the famous “Master Blaster” - the longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide in the world. Given the sheer volume of water required and heating of the facilities it is no surprise that the Sandcastle Water Park have engaged on a resource efficiency programme to review costs and environmental impacts of the site.
After carrying out a SWOT analysis towards the end of 2006, the water park identified the biggest threat to the business was the cost of and dependence on energy. Since starting to implement energy saving devices in 2007, the water park has saved over 600 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere and nearly £150,000 in energy costs.
Their initial approach was to look at reducing energy consumption and consider payback periods for investments to do so. The first devices to install were a liquid pool cover, a system known as “Heatsavr” and variable speed drives on the circulation motors. The variable speed drives cost £15,000 and have a payback period of a year. The liquid pool cover which reduces heat loss, evaporation, dehumidification and air heating costs. It cost £6,000 to install plus £6,000 per year to maintain, yet has paid back in a period of a couple of months.
The water park has installed high frequency lighting where replacement lighting was needed and installed PIR controls in public and service areas. To reduce water consumption, low water volume devices have been fitted to the cisterns, urinals, taps and showers. This led to savings of £22,000 in 2008 against 2007.
The Sandcastle Waterpark is committed to reducing its energy consumption and carbon emissions. Next on the agenda is a combined heat and power plant which would save 637 tonnes of CO2 with a payback period of just over four years. Also being considered is voltage optimisation which would save 172 tonnes of CO2 over a payback period of three and a half years.The site is also considering rainwater harvesting and other renewable energy options to reduce its environmental impacts yet further.
As another example, Manchester Solutions (MSL) is an organisation that supports the growth of the local economy within Greater Manchester through the services it supplies. MSL understands that improving sustainability is good sense for its customers, employees and for the business and reducing the amount of carbon emissions and energy used within the organisation is key. As such, it is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and to become more efficient, and therefore competitive.