European Structural and Investment Funds

CASE STUDY: Paterson Arran – Zero Waste Scotland (European Regional Development Fund)

January 17, 2020 by No Comments | Category Case study

Zero Waste Scotland’s (ZWS) Resource Efficiency programme is a £33m project that provides advice and support services to businesses about what processes they can change to be more efficient, saving money and helping the environment in the process. It is supported with £16.4m of allocated grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Paterson Arran, a commercial bakery that produces some of Scotland’s most recognisable brands, requested the assistance of ZWS to reduce energy use at their production sites. The ZWS Resource Efficiency team performed an energy audit on the company and provided suggestions on how to make efficiencies, including introducing LED lighting, purchasing new compressors and monitoring usage of electricity more closely. The company then received further support to enact these changes via the Scottish Government’s SME Loan Fund.

Adam Wilson, Health and Safety and environment manager at Paterson Arran: “Over the past four years, the Resource Efficient Scotland team has supported us to meet this commitment and make long term savings to our energy bill. Scotland is a leading nation in the fight against climate change, and as one of Scotland’s most recognisable brands we are proud to reflect this in our business activities.”

To read the full details of Paterson Arran’s case and other businesses supported by Zero Waste Scotland with ERDF support, visit: 

Project details

  • Operation name: Resource Efficiency
  • ERDF contribution: £16,438,482
  • Total expenditure: £33,090,527
  • Lead Partner: Zero Waste Scotland
  • Thematic Objective: 6. Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency
  • Programme: European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020


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