EEF calls for resource management unit; UK companies nominated for environmental awards; Keenan Recycling signs up for Zero Waste Scotland scheme; Novelis joins WWF sustainability scheme
EEF calls for resource management unit
EEF, the manufacturers’ association, has set out five “key priorities” for the next Government, including support for calls for a new policy unit – The Office of Resource Management.
The EEF wants more energy and resource security by putting in place the planning, investment and technology needed to secure a competitively priced energy supply and other natural resources for the future.
The new policy unit will embark on long-term planning and scenario exercises, economic forecasts, innovation and infrastructure assessments.
EEF Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler said: “All parties must now set out a clear vision for the UK economy, including how they will support rebalancing, strengthening the role of industry and manufacturing over the next Parliament. Party leaders also need to set out how they will attack the obstacles that companies of all sizes face in becoming world class.”
UK companies nominated for environmental awards
Two UK-based outfits have been named on the shortlist for the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).
The Bay has been nominated in the Management Award for its fish and chips operation in Stonehaven, Scotland, while Vegware is shortlisted for the Products and Services Award for its range of sustainable packaging products.
European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik said: “The companies shortlisted for the EBAE have a proven track record in combining business success and respect for the environment. They showcase real-world experience of the fruits of eco-innovation.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in France in December.
Keenan Recycling signs up for Zero Waste Scotland scheme
Keenan Recycling, which turns food and garden waste into compost products, has become the latest Scottish company of note to sign up to Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Sector Commitment.
The commitment is a ‘kite mark’ for resource management companies, and aims to promote continuous improvement, excellent customer service, and to enable businesses to reduce waste and be more resource efficient.
Managing director Grant Keenan, above right, said: “We signed up to the commitment primarily to demonstrate our commitment to excellence in the waste management sector. Becoming a signatory lets everybody know that we’re committed to excellence in our arena, and anything that gives you a head start in business is a good idea.”
Novelis joins WWF sustainability scheme
Aluminium recycler Novelis has become the first metals company to be accepted into the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers programme, a scheme designed to encourage companies to reduce their operational carbon footprint.
As part of its participation in the programme, Novelis has committed to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 50% and increase the recycled content of its products to 80%.
Novelis president and CEO Phil Martens said: “By partnering with WWF, such a well-known and respected leader in sustainability, Novelis not only demonstrates its commitment to sustainability, but leads the future of an entire market category.”