U.K. electronics urged to get help on saving water - Embedded.com

U.K. electronics urged to get help on saving water

LONDON — More than a third of small and medium sized electronics businesses need practical help with waste minimization issues such as reducing water use, says research commissioned by Envirowise.

More than two thirds of electronics companies (67 percent) consider the reduction of waste to be an important issue, according to the survey of small and medium-sized businesses. However, when it comes to implementing change, 38 percent say they need practical help.

With concerns over reduced rainfall and the impact of potential drought orders, the electronics industry, one of the U.K.’s heaviest water users is being urged to take advantage of free advice available from Envirowise on reducing water wastage.

With 42 percent of survey respondents stating that they prefer to source information on reducing waste via the internet, Envirowise’s online water tools allow businesses to record and keep track of how much water is being used, benchmark against competitors and offer practical advice and guidance on reducing consumption.

Businesses that are interested in investing in sustainable products and technologies can also benefit from the online Water Technology List (WTL). The WTL offers a real incentive for businesses to invest in technologies that promote the efficient use of water by offering tax relief through the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme.

“With the risk of severe drought looming in parts of the UK, electronics companies simply cannot afford to ignore the consequences of potential water shortages, yet some are still pouring money down the drain through inefficient use of water. By putting into place simple water management techniques, businesses can often make savings of around 30 per cent on water and effluent bills,” said Dr Martin Gibson, Envirowise Programme Director.

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