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NRAs 2015 Efficiency Initiative: Finalists

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Eco Friendly Chef Corp

The OilChef Frying Oil Extender is a catalytic device that reconditions frying oils. It enhances the oil’s heat conductivity for faster cooking at lower temperatures, resulting in longer oil usage and better food quality. The device catalytically inhibits thermal polymerisation, with the effects of slowing its quality deterioration. OilChef is saving thousands of restaurant owners 50% of their annual cooking oil consumption and reducing their energy use.

London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) (below)

London Waste and Recycling Board

Waste management represents the third highest spend area for most boroughs, so LWARB introduced an efficiencies programme in 2013 to help London waste authorities realise savings while maintaining service standards. The programme promotes efficient recycling and waste management services through initiatives, including: joint procurement for equipment and contracts; facilitates shared services; service reviews; good practice workshops and crew communications training; Driving up Performance Fund, Textile Reuse and Recycling Fund and the Research Fund.

Healthcare Environmental Group

Healthcare Environmental is the largest independent waste and washroom management solutions company in the UK specialising in the treatment of healthcare wastes. It operates a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles along with a network of waste transfer stations and treatment facilities. It has introduced sustainability initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and costs under the company’s QHSE management system, certified to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. Initiatives included changes to plant operating processes to reduce steam consumption, installation of enhanced plant insulation and energy housekeeping measures.

CityPoint, CBRE & Bywaters (below)

CityPoint forms part of the London skyline, and the tower offers a dynamic working environment. Recycling and resource management company Bywaters suggested ideas to exceed CityPoint’s recycling target of 75% for 2015 and cut emissions by reduced vehicle collections.

CityPoint, CBRE&Bywaters

The aims of the companies include: transform environmental performance; reuse, refurbish and recycle wherever possible; meet City- Point’s commitment to the City of London Air Quality Pledge scheme.

William Tracey Group and AMCS

Recycling and resource management company William Tracey Group has deployed a new enterprise resource planning system, developed by AMCS Group. This means William Tracey is benefiting from a dramatic improvement in the information and quality of data which is available to make strategic and operational decisions. This information has enabled the company to deliver significant operational efficiencies across areas including vehicle routing and the management of resources through its MRFs. The information can also be shared with customers.

SGN (below)


Gas mains services and distribution company SGN has established tough targets and objectives, prioritised according to the waste hierarchy. Most recently it implemented back-loading, avoidance and reuse of polyethylene pipes and fittings, and neutralisation of hazardous aerosol and anaerobic waste. Its initiatives have so far reduced the percentage of waste going to landfill from 70% to just over 2%; cut contractors’ carbon footprints; given greater control over how waste is handled; and reduced operational expenditure.

SCC (below)

IT recycler SCC offers recycling, data erasure, refurbishment, remarketing and secure hard drive destruction located on one campus. The company’s waste management and recycling figures for 2013-14 represent year-on-year improvement, and have enabled its customers to minimise waste and save on capital expenditure through on-selling of materials and refurbishing IT. During the past year, it has redeployed 103,906 units of redundant technology, creating a revenue stream for customers.


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