The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)



The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has
commissioned a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of using Shared
Resource Efficiency Managers between cohorts (6-8 business) manufacturing
businesses.



This government funded initiative will allow participating businesses
to; Make cost savings (energy, waste, water and resources), Meet customer resource
efficiency requirements and Innovate better products and services.



 



Shine are one
of eleven selected from hundreds of manufacturing enterprises in England and
Wales to take part in the project and benefit from the resource efficiency
expertise over the next 12 to 15 months.



Sponsored by
Defra’s action based research programme, Rolls-Royce plc and the EEF
(manufacturer’s organisation) the group of manufacturers will share two
resource efficiency managers in order to take action by finding cost effective
ways of improving sustainability and reducing the waste of natural resources.



 



Shine will be
one of six innovative businesses in the South West to benefit from the support
and expertise of efficiency manager, Phil Marks.



Mr Marks
commented: “Being able to develop collaborative opportunities and share
knowledge, learning and experiences amongst a group of established, forward
looking businesses working in different market sectors is going to be an
exciting way of tackling both common and unique factors that can impact upon
achieving business benefit from resource efficiency.”



 



The resource
efficiency managers are already helping to determine the potential for business
improvement by agreeing priorities and plans. Part of the process has included
strategic sustainability reviews with each business by Bangor University.



Instead of the
project deciding what each business must do, the aim of the reviews have been
to enable each business to set its own agenda and priorities considering how
resource efficiency directly affects them. Alongside the targets, data will be
collected during the process and training will be implemented to help each
company reach their goals.



 




Managing Director of Shine, Julian Shine said: “We were pleased to
be



a shortlisted
finalist for the Green Manufacturer Award at the recent 2014 Made in Wales
Manufacturing Excellence Awards and this new venture with DEFRA and



The Environment and Sustainability Partnership


now gives us the opportunity to build
on that,



Shine are proud to be part of this project and to work alongside
Phil Marks in order to improve our resource efficiencies, lower the pressure on
natural resources, reduce wastage during our manufacturing process and to
engage in the



next phase
of the development of our systems and procedures accredited to ISO 9001, 14001
and 18001, Achilles, FORS.”




“We care about the environment and where our raw materials are
sourced and want to support UK manufacturing whilst working as an eco-friendly
and sustainable company.”



“We are looking
forward to working with Phil and learning from fellow manufacturers in England
and Wales on how to reduce costs and improve our business for the future.”