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  • 1. Resource Efficiency and Waste Minimisation Presented by Tamma Carel Environmental Consultant at The Environmental Academy Newcastle upon Tyne 8th and 9th April 2013
  • 2. Presentation Outline Resource Depletion Sustainable Development Resource Efficiency Inputs, Operations and Outputs Environmental Management Systems Case Studies and Success Stories
  • 3. Resource Depletion
  • 4. Global Pollution Using resources in an unmanaged and unplanned manner causes pollution of air, water and land:
  • 5. • Has been growing since the 1950’s • 80% of the rubbish is from land • Weighs 3.5 million tons • Covers area twice the size of the USA • 90% of the rubbish is plastic The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • 6. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • 7. Sustainable Development The Possible Solution to Resource Depletion and its Environmental Impacts: ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ Bruntland Report 1987
  • 8. http://safege.com/en/innovation/a-department-dedicated-to-research-and- innovation/innovation-as-a-driver-of-sustainable-development/
  • 9. Resource Efficiency
  • 10. Inputs • Plant • Machinery • Energy • Oils • Materials/goods • Chemicals • Water
  • 11. Operations • Site activities • Manufacturing/processes • Storage and use of chemicals • Water treatment • Transport • Administration • Purchasing • Services
  • 12. Outputs • Products • Waste • Effluent • Heat • Pollution (hopefully prevented!)
  • 13. ProductInputs: Energy Materials Water Operations Outputs: Emissions Fumes Odours Dust Noise Outputs: Waste Effluent Waste Water The Link Between Inputs, Operations and Outputs
  • 14. Business Case for Resource Efficiency
  • 15. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) An EMS is a tool to Control Improve Manage Monitor Environmental impacts An EMS is: Comprehensive Structured Planned Documented
  • 16. Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) An EMS is structured on Plan – Do – Check - Act Setting goals or ‘continual Improvement’ drives the cycle Also known as the PDCA or Deming Cycle
  • 17. Waste Minimisation and Resource Efficiency
  • 18. Common Areas for Waste Improvements Waste and Materials Management Separate waste streams to reduce costs Don’t over-order materials Recycle and re-use Process Control and Management Make sure that controls are in place to ensure efficient operation Ensure machinery is correctly calibrated Shut down machinery when not in use. Plan maintenance of equipment in order to reduce the risk of breakdown and therefore loss of production time.
  • 19. Case Studies Resource Efficiency and Waste Minimisation Successes Achieved by Environmental Academy Clients through Environmental Management Systems
  • 20. Waste Audit Source: ‘Proportion of waste streams by weight (kg) across campus’. 2010 Waste Audit
  • 21. Resource Efficiency Source materials that are fit to purpose Partition installation company won a large contract - 40,000+ boards were needed for the job. The rooms had been designed at a height that was in between the standard lengths of plasterboard. The company liaised with the supplier and arranged for their boards to be cut to size. Environmental Improvement: Saving 15% material per board = £38,000 savings + 20 tonnes GHG Emissions
  • 22. Resource Efficiency Turney Wylde used to produce new signage for each project They now provide split signs so that signage can be used for multiple projects Environmental Improvement: Reduction in purchasing costs and material consumption Reduction in waste costs and carbon emissions
  • 23. Resource Efficiency Reuse materials Reuse of 43,000 bricks Carbon savings = 21 tonnes CO2e Implement a recycling scheme Environmental Improvement: •70% Reduction in Waste to Landfill •Reduction in carbon emissions •50 reams of paper saved per month Reduce Send out electronic invoices and remittances
  • 24. Waste Legislation Awareness Waste Transfer Notes Company did not monitor scrap metal uplifts and did not receive waste transfer notes from the contractor over the course of 3 years Payout of £8,000 Site inspections Company did not notice that paint in the skip was leaking out of a hole in the bottom of the skip straight into a surface water drain Received a penalty fine from the Agency for causing pollution Site inspections Fly tipped domestic and restaurant waste in the skip, tyres and litter covering the area Maintenance contractor was not attending area, but had been paid for 14 months!
  • 25. Business Case for Resource Efficiency
  • 26. The No.1 Reason for Environmental Management Securing Contracts Environmental Improvement: •60% Retention of clients as a direct result of EMS Implementation using Academy Services •Secured business with Laing O’Rourke •Secured business with the Ministry of Defence •Secured business with British Gas Environmental Management scores PQQ points EMS is a requirement of large businesses and local government
  • 27. Any Questions?