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Carbon Trust launches zero waste standard and water efficiency pilot

The Carbon Trust has launched a certification for companies that have achieved zero waste to landfill, and is looking for manufacturers willing to test a new tool to improve their water processes.

The Carbon Trust has launched a certification for companies that have achieved zero waste to landfill, and is looking for manufacturers willing to test a new tool to improve their water processes.

The Carbon Trust Standard for Zero Waste to Landfill recognises an organisation’s achievements in reducing environmental impact through actively diverting non-hazardous waste streams from landfill, typically through a combination of:

  • Reducing waste
  • Finding ways to reuse materials
  • Increasing recycling
  • Sending waste to energy recovery.

The new standard aims to support the increasing number of organisations that want independent and credible recognition of their achievements in improved waste management.

Zero waste

Zero waste to landfill can generate tangible savings for businesses, both through better use of resources and reduced landfill costs, as well as demonstrating a commitment to becoming more sustainable. 

Zero waste status is also becoming a competitive marker for more and more manufacturers. For example, in 2015 the chief supply chain officer at Unilever suggested that zero waste would become a future qualifier for entering the multinational’s supply chain.

One of the first companies to achieve the Carbon Trust’s new certification was ASSA ABLOY, one of the world’s largest lock manufacturers.

Charles Robinson, sustainability manager, EMEA, at ASSA ABLOY, said: “Minimising and ultimately eliminating waste generation across all of our waste streams, where possible, is a real opportunity for us to greatly reduce our environmental impact.”

Water processes

Meanwhile, the Carbon Trust is also looking for UK manufacturers that want to improve the energy efficiency of their water treatment processes and are willing to test a new web-based tool.

The Carbon Trust is working with nine other European partners on EnergyWater, an EU-funded initiative aiming to help SME manufacturers reduce energy use in their water-related processes by 20 per cent.

As part of the project, the Carbon Trust is currently piloting a web-tool for companies to self-diagnose the efficiency of their processes and is inviting companies to participate in the testing.

Participating companies will receive free access to an energy expert to help with their data and a benchmark of their energy performance in relation to other companies.

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