Scottish Bakers has launched a new Google and iTunes app, which includes a training module to help staff learn how to cut waste and save money.

The app was developed with Resource Efficient Scotland, which helps organisations to tackle their resource use. It includes supplier information and news through a forum area, as well as dates for the diary with an events calendar.

The resource efficiency sections of the app provide advice for members on how to avoid wasting money on ingredients, water and energy. These cover facilities, buildings management and processes.

The Scottish Bakers Members app is available for download on android in the Google Play store and in the iTunes store. Some 152 of the 350 Scottish Bakers’ members have already downloaded it.

Resource Efficient Scotland is part of Zero Waste Scotland, funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan and other low-carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.

Business support

Scottish Bakers became Ambassadors of the Resource Efficiency Pledge last year, committing to embedding resource efficiency in business operations, assisting its network to achieve sustainable growth for their businesses and throughout their supply chain, and actively contributing to achieving a low-carbon economy for Scotland.

Alan Clarke, chief executive of Scottish Bakers, said: “The way we work is changing and in today’s world, technology is a great enabler, allowing information to be shared, knowledge to be promoted and business to be done. We are confident that our members will find this resource both fit for purpose in the modern world and a great support in a drive to resource efficiency throughout our industry.”

Marissa Lippiatt, head of Resource Efficient Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to launch this sophisticated but simple-to-use new app with Scottish Bakers, which will help its members to tackle resource use and save money, while developing skills for staff.”

Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) was launched in 2013 to help businesses, the public sector and the third sector save money by using resources more efficiently. It is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Zero Waste Scotland.

Zero Waste Scotland has six delivery priorities for 2014-15. These are: supporting a circular economy; harnessing the value of recycling; transforming attitudes to food waste; reducing the impacts of litter; implementing resource efficiency savings; and accelerating the development of low-carbon heat.