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By S OGDEN 25 Aug, 2017

The case for reducing food waste has never been stronger. As the world’s population grows so does the increasing mountain of food that gets disposed of each year. Reducing global consumer food waste could save US$120-300 billion per year by 2030 according to a recent report by WRAP and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

One third of all food produced in the world ends up as waste, while the value of global consumer food waste is more than US$400 billion per year. As the global middle class expands over the course of the decade, the cost could rise to US$600 billion, according to the new research. Reducing food waste can also make a significant contribution to tackling climate change. 7% of all global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), 3.3 billion tonnes CO2 equivalent (CO2eq) per year, are due to food waste. WRAP estimates that by 2030 global GHGs could be lowered by at least 0.2 and possibly as much as 1 billion tonnes CO2eq per year through food waste reductions, more than the annual emissions of Germany.

Investments of time and money will be required, but the potential economic and environmental benefits are huge, and the consequences of not taking sufficient action are serious – for billions of individuals, countries, and the food system as a whole.

The infographics below (researched and designed by WRAP) illustrate the implications of food waste within the UK.



By S OGDEN 14 Aug, 2017
Green Gain provides support to a wide range of businesses to help them to reduce their environmental impacts. We are often asked by businesses we assist whether it is worth investing to carbon footprint their products and/or services.
We thought it would be helpful to provide some insights into carbon footprinting products, to help organisations make informed decisions about pursuing this approach.
  
  • A carbon footprint measures the total greenhouse gas emissions caused directly and indirectly by a product. This carbon footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e). The carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) allows the different greenhouse gases to be compared on a like-for-like basis relative to one unit of CO2.
  • Carbon footprinting provides information about the impacts and emissions generated across the whole life of a product or service, from the extraction of raw materials and manufacturing right through to its use and final reuse. By breaking down the scales of these impacts across the various production stages, the business then has the knowledge available to prioritise and target further impact reduction. 
  • Products are significant when thinking about the overall impact of an organisation. The vast majority of an organisation’s carbon footprint is typically down to embedded impact or the use phase of the products and packaging that they produce. This impact is determined by the design of the product and packaging. It can account for over 95% of a company’s impacts, yet traditional carbon footprinting tends to focus on site-based impacts. 
  • Customer requirements for lower carbon products are now driving impact reduction across product supply chains. Customers are increasingly seeking independent verification to evidence this reduction in impact. We have found many of our clients driven to explore footprinting when faced with requests for this information in both public and private sector procurement specifications. 
  • As well as being driven by supply chain pressures, carbon footprinting can add value to brand ethos. It is a way to differentiate your products from the competition. 
  • When it comes to carbon footprinting products, Green Gain works closely with our associates, ECO3, who specialise in carbon footprinting products and packaging. Specialist tools have been developed to support this process. The findings enable us to develop measures that then feedback to inform the design process. This approach provides a quantum leap in carbon reduction rather than incremental reduction.
  • Packaging is a significant aspect of most products and our partners at ECO3 have developed a simple to use design and environmental assessment tool for packaging. This compares the environmental impact of different packaging options taking into account carbon footprint, weight, recyclability, recycled content, volumetric efficiency, transit impacts and product/packaging ratio.
  • By working with businesses at the design phase, our ECO3 and Green Gain have managed to save customers millions of pounds and ensure that both their products and packaging are fit for purpose. 
  • For manufacturing SMEs currently operating in Wales, Green Gain is able to offer free consultancy support to increase recycled content in products and packaging – thanks to funding support from WRAP Cymru.
Next steps
For a free consultation to discuss carbon footprinting a product or service, or reviewing product/packaging design please contact Steven Ogden on:
T: 01274 238272 / 07519428475
E: steven@greengain.co.uk
By S OGDEN 17 Jul, 2017

What is MarketGain™?

This is a low cost, high-value way of marketing and promoting your low-carbon products and services, reaching a market of over 20,000 companies across the UK. From energy efficient lighting, to waste and recycling collections, it is the only online marketing package dedicated to low-carbon products and services.

MarketGain™ will provide you with a monthly digital media campaign run through our own online media portal to promote your proposition to over 20,000 relevant company contacts across a range of (tailored / geographic) sectors including, but not restricted to, the public sector, manufacturing, hospitality, and construction. This campaign will be supplemented by a weekly Twitter feed and Linked-In ‘Product Push’ to over 500 interactive stakeholders from the environment sector to help raise your profile within the market-place.

Our database of over 20,000 contacts is made up primarily of our own contacts and contacts through a professional valued sales-lead expert who achieve an average of 90% accuracy on company details and 80% accuracy on contacts. Our contacts are in senior decision-making roles: Business Directors, Managing Directors and Financial Directors and are updated on a monthly basis. Our analytics will provide you with an overall success rate of the campaign including an ‘open’ and ‘click’ rate (compared with industry averages) and ‘bounces’; with all direct enquires being sent to you directly on receipt, so that you can act promptly to real-time sales leads.

“Green Gain has helped promote and develop sales leads across the UK for a micro-CHP unit we are looking to install in, largely, public sector organisations. Through their support we have successfully developed a sales pipeline that has blossomed into real commercial opportunities”.

Jon Cape, Managing Director, iPower Ltd

The benefits

·      Low-cost market exposure for your low-carbon product or service

·      Access to over 20,000 relevant leads via a trusted environment sector brand

·      Real-time sales lead generation

·      No duplication of competing product listings

·      High quality campaign designs

·      No need for costly referral arrangements

·      Dedicated team with over 35 years’ experience in the green economy.

Next steps

For a free consultation to discuss your low-carbon product or service promotional needs, then please contact Ashley Robb on:

T: 01274 238272 / 07786 248220

E: Ashley@greengain.co.uk


By S OGDEN 22 Jun, 2017
If you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs and minimise your impact on the environment, then the Resource Efficiency Fund could help. The fund provides financial support and advice for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business.
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