Spreading the word

Set up initially for local companies in Renfrewshire, the Renfrewshire Economic Environmental Forum (REEF) is a virtual environmental club which now attracts members from Glasgow, other areas of Scotland, and as far away as Liverpool.


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REEF’s aim is simple: to help its members to reduce their impact on the environment

and increase their profits. It aims to achieve this by sharing best environmental

practice with its members, as well as keeping them informed of the latest legislation,

information and technologies which will affect their business. A series of online

discussion forums facilitates the exchange of ideas and best practice between

members.

Interactive discussion

The site operates through a series of topic headings and under each topic is

a fully interactive discussion room. In the energy room for example, there are

links to freely available help on energy efficiency, the opportunity to share

energy-saving hints and tips and discussions on the technology of energy saving.

There is also information on the Climate Change Levy aimed at energy use reduction.

In the social and community room, the debate is widened from environmental

issues to consideration of sustainability – building in social and community

concerns. Here, there is information and links to resources on the business

aspects of sustainability, and the ability to share and discuss what members

and others are doing to get to grips with this difficult issue.

Another project room deals with the statutory regulatory framework in the UK,

including reference to international treaties and protocols, new and existing

EU directives.

A separate area is also provided for discussion of the technologies and techniques

of water and effluent treatment.

Members are able to contribute to discussion groups that meet their business

needs by posting questions. Members provide solutions, increase awareness of

their industry legislative requirements and develop robust environmental management

systems that drive down costs.

Member benefits

Members of REEF can benefit through:

  • Engagement in problem solving/information exchange with environmental exemplars

    24 hours a day. REEF offers an opportunity to learn from environmental practitioners

    through local networking, virtual discussion and case studies review. Membership

    of REEF provides instant access to a number of specialist sources of information,

    improving the ability to make informed judgements relating to any number of

    environmental issues.

  • UK Legislation and EU directives are exposing many companies to potential

    risk through failure to employ sufficient corporate responsibility and control.

    Accessing and monitoring legislation as it progresses through the various

    stages of European directive can reduce business risk and in many cases actually

    create new business opportunities.

  • Networking opportunities that produce real ‘added value’ discussion are

    available through the various forums that exist on the REEF site. Members

    can improve their capacity to network, in an unbounded ‘virtual’ club.

  • Renfrewshire-based members can grow and develop broader business horizons

    by accessing the support being offered through REEF’s principal sponsor, Scottish

    Enterprise.

  • Instant availability to forthcoming REEF events, seminars and workshops

    which have been planned and prepared to address the needs of the membership.

    This features an online booking system.

  • Members can also configure links between parts of the site that offer most

    value, enabling them to keep up to date with news and views relevant to their

    own business needs, access information to maximise their business performance

    and reduce its impact on the environment.

The REEF site can be accessed and controlled through secure password protection.

However, the virtual nature of the club allows access to members at any time

and virtually anywhere, enabling business to maximise the benefits of good environmental

practice.

Ian McArthur of Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire, said: “UK legislation

and EU directives are exposing many companies to potential risk through failure

to employ sufficient corporate responsibility and control. Accessing and monitoring

legislation as

it progresses through the various stages can reduce business risk and in many

cases actually create new business opportunities.”

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