Stafford-based SEL Group Ltd are taking strides to support the minimisation of single-use plastic by launching a new Plastic Thinking Programme. The company specialises in delivering strategic solutions to environmental, health and safety issues, but recognised a gap in business understanding of plastic and minimisation of negative environmental impact.
The Programme combines training that addresses elements of life cycle perspective and waste minimisation applied to the use of single-use plastic materials in manufacturing and packaging processes, with a bespoke assessment tool (PL-Audit) in order to validate whether the principles of waste minimisation are being effectively applied in determining waste reduction options.
Dawn Pope, Director of SEL Group Ltd, said: “Our aim is to get people to rethink the use, and understand the impacts, of single-use plastic within their organisations, encouraging innovation in order to deliver circular economy approaches to waste & resources.”
As the Plastic Thinking Programme is still in its infancy, SEL Group Ltd requested support from Stopford Energy & Environment (SEE) to provide a critique of the Programme, as well as present ideas in order to support further market penetration.
The provided support forms part of the £15m Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project at Keele University which can be broken down into 3 main parts: Capital; Supply Chain; and RD&I (Research, Development & Innovation). The SEND Capital project aims to transform the university campus into a living laboratory, researching, developing and testing the latest energy efficient technologies. In addition, more than 200 Staffordshire businesses from a range of industries can access 12 hours of fully funded sustainability support provided by SEE (SEND Supply Chain), 3-month MSc projects and 3-year PhD research projects (SEND RD&I).
Through the SEND Supply Chain project, a SEE consultant supported SEL Group Ltd by reviewing the training material and audit tool and conducting market research, providing suggestions of potential clients and industries to focus on and Programme delivery methods. The report also reviewed UK plastics policy, guidance and schemes and proposed commercialisation routes based on current and future trends.
Dawn said: “I was amazed at how thoroughly the SEND team understood the project after such a short period of time, and the advice they provided demonstrated this insight and identified opportunities that I had not previously considered. I am now in the process of implementing these options and am very grateful to the SEND team for their assistance. It was really important in helping me to move this project forward and I am very hopeful that 2019 will be a great year for Plastic Thinking.”
If you are a Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire SME and are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available through the SEND project, please contact Stopford Energy & Environment on 0151 357 7740, email [email protected] or visit https://www.keele.ac.uk/business/businesssupport/smartenergy/