Café Nili, makes susbstantial savings through the Go Green Plus programme
Café Nili is based in South London. The business has taken positive steps to improve its effiency and lower its environmental impact.
The business has a water meter installed in the premises to allow them to monitor water usage. The café use energy efficient lightling, and a time to turn their drinks fridge off at night. The café also makes use of green suppliers to integrate recycled practices and products in to their delivery.
AchievementsThe business has succeeded in reducing their annual water bill by £300 per year.
What support have they received? The manager of the café was introduced to Go Green Plus, a programme led by the London Borough of Wandsworth aimed at helping businesses improve their environmental efficiency. The programme advisors looked at businesses spending and devised ways in which to mimimise costs through reducing their water usage. As a result of this advice the coffee shop contacted the water board and arranged for a meter to be installed for free in the workplace to allow them to better monitor how much water the business was using. The assessment carried out by the Greening Business Officer covers all areas of the business to move towards a greener way of operating, such as energy, waste, transport, packaging and most importantly in this case, water. The service also worked with the business to generate plans to join a consortium of local shops and apply jointly for a grant through the Go Green service for a baler which will help them to bale their collective cardboard waste for collection by recyclers. Café Nili doesn’t produce enough cardboard waste to warrant the cost of the baler, however by joining the initaive and joining forces with other local businesses the café can do so.
The Go Green service is available to businesses in the five London boroughs of Merton, Kingston, Sutton, Croydon and Wandsworth, focusing on businesses that have not sought support from publicly funded business agencies in the past. Businesses like Café Nili can apply for small grants to help them implement appropriate solutions.