Two unique networks helping business and the public sector are joining forces to improve the advice and practical help they give to reduce waste and improve economic and environmental performance.
The company behind the successful National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), International Synergies Ltd (ISL), is merging with the management of the BREW Centre for Local Authorities. The move will see businesses and local councils working more closely together to improve the economic and environmental performance of companies across all local authorities boundaries.
The BREW Centre is the only organisation of its kind in the UK. Funded by Government it supports local councils in improving their own local services to businesses, helping them to reduce the waste they produce, divert residual wastes away from landfill and save money.
In the last two years the BREW Centre has already achieved some incredible results, including:
• diverting over 74,000 tonnes of material away from landfill
• saving over 143,000 tonnes of virgin raw material
• saving 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide
• saving businesses over £9,440,000
The work that the BREW Centre has supported over the last two years will continue to produce further benefits over the coming five years including diverting over 385,000 tonnes of material from landfill and a projected cash saving to business of £47million.
These benefits are expected to rise once the management of ISL and the Centre as a result of combined resources, expertise and knowledge of the issues facing businesses today across all industrial and commercial sectors.
NISP is ISL's flagship project. It uses a unique resource management system to monitor material and resource streams of its members. Specially trained industrial symbiosis practitioners systematically analyse the information and identify links between members so that previously unused or discarded resources of one are recovered, reprocessed and reused by others.
Chief Executive of ISL and founder of NISP, Peter Laybourn said: “I am delighted that Defra has given the go-ahead for ISL to manage the BREW Centre and look forward to working with the team to make it even more successful over the coming years.
“Through NISP, ISL has a great understanding of the issues that companies face in their respective industries in order for them to improve sustainability and performance. The Centre will benefit from the knowledge and expertise gained through NISP, whilst bringing the business sector and the public sector closer together by improving awareness about business support services available to help them improve their green credentials and bottom line, of which NISP is just one.”
The consortium between the Local Government Association, Oxfordshire County Council and the National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, who are behind this project, are actively seeking funding from Government to ensure that support services continued to be available to businesses across England.