Belfast based businesses identify combined savings of over £320,000 as a result of improved resource efficiency and management through participation in the BITES programme.


Belfast City Council

Mabbett Approach and Delivery

Funded by Belfast City Council, Business Improvements through Environmental Solutions (BITES) is a business improvement programme, focused on competitiveness and sustainability through improved resource efficiency and environmental management. Mabbett were commissioned, and delivered the two year programme.

Mabbett targeted companies from across a range of sectors to include: construction, leisure, manufacturing, professional services (design, legal and architectural), real estate and IT.

BITES included:

  • initial mini-audit of operations to highlight opportunities for improvement and action plan.
  • a series of business improvement workshops (e.g. in environmental management, water, energy, waster, logistics and green procurement).  These workshops are aligned with the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management.
  • one-to-one implementation support to identify and implement site specific action plans.
  • an annual Awards Ceremony for successful participants, including in each year a closely-contested special prize to the ‘Most Improved Company’!

One-to-one support provided under the available one-to-one implementation support included:

  • development and implementation of waste management strategies and recycling.
  • focused site energy and water audits.
  • development of Key Environmental Performance Indicators (KEPIs).
  • development of the building blocks of an EMS.
  • design and delivery of staff environmental awareness presentations.
  • development of environmental and green office policies.

Project Outcomes

On completion of the BITES programme the participant businesses benefited from a range of cost and environmental savings as noted below:

  • combined cost savings of £320,000.
  • over 1000MWh of energy savings.
  • almost 40 tonnes of materials eliminated from use.
  • 172 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill and recycled.
  • over 200 tonnes of landfill reduced.

Furthermore the participant companies witnessed the following business improvement benefits as a result of programme participation:

  • development of an environmental management system to BS 8555 Level 3.
  • improved environmental awareness through successful completion of the IEMA Foundation Certificate Course in Environmental Management.
  • development of a monitoring and measurement system for resources to manage and control consumption moving forward.