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The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Posted by Chris Hinton at 01:11 on 17 November 2014

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.”