Business in brief – 12/09/19

WRAP appoints three new Trustees

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has announced the appointment of three new Trustees to its Board – Sarah Chapman, Sachin Kapila and Michaelene Kinnersley.

Sarah Chapman is currently CEO and co-founder of finance firm Faro Energy, Sachin Kapila has recently been appointed Chief Policy Officer at environmental AI company Cervest, and Michaelene Kinnersley is Head of Partnerships at the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Commenting on the new appointments, WRAP Chief Executive Dr Marcus Gover said: “We’ve achieved some incredible things at WRAP in working towards our vision of a world in which resources are used sustainably. But we want to go further and faster and I am delighted to be bringing such a dynamic and vastly experienced group of people on board who share our ambition and can help us achieve it.”

WRAP Chair Julie Hill added: “It’s a testament to WRAP’s reputation as an agent of sustainable change that we have attracted such a pool of talent and experience to our team. I am hugely excited for the future and look forward to working with our new Trustees.”

You can find out more about WRAP on the charity’s website.

Geminor granted Swedish rail transport permission

Resource management company Geminor has been granted approval to transport waste by rail to and from their HUB in Landskrona, Sweden. This follows a lengthy application process, which has taken Geminor three years to prepare.

Geminor granted Swedish rail transport permission

The Landskrona HUB receives and treats more than 40,000 tonnes of solid-recovered fuel (SRF), refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and waste wood annually.

Per Mernelius, Geminor’s Country Manager for Sweden, said: “We started preparing for this years ago, and the Landskrona HUB has for some time been adapted for rail transport. Now we are very happy to get the permission we need to operate rail freight to our Swedish sorting and storage facility, an option we probably are the very first to offer in the Nordic market.

“Transport by rail is still a novelty in this industry. If we are to fulfill the potential of these services, more industry players need to adapt and facilitate for rails. For longer transport, and for new markets, train is a very promising option in the years to come.”

You can find out more about Geminor on the company’s website.

Buckinghamshire County Council marks EfW milestone by sponsoring one million bees

Buckinghamshire County Council’s Greatmoor energy-from-waste (EfW) plant has processed one million tonnes of non-recyclable waste, and is celebrating by sponsoring one million bees for the county.

Buckinghamshire County Council marks EfW milestone by sponsoring one million bees

The EfW plant, which is run in partnership with FCC Environment, is also celebrating three successful years of operation, during which the plant has welcomed more than 5,000 visitors, with over 6,000 children and adults engaged through their community outreach programme. The plant produces enough power on average to supply more than 40,000  homes, and is on track to make forecast savings to the council of £150 million over 30 years.

To celebrate the achievements, the Greatmoor plant and FCC Environment are sponsoring 20 beehives, supporting local beekeeping and providing honey-making equipment for mental health initiative TherapBEE.

County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment Bill Chapple OBE said: "As visitors find out when they tour the plant, Greatmoor has totally changed the way we handle our waste in Buckinghamshire. Instead of burying it in the ground, we use it to generate electricity that helps reduce the need for burning fossil fuels – and at the same time it makes great cost savings for the council.

"Working with our partner FCC Environment, in three years we've been able to set Greatmoor well on track to realising our hopes and expectations for what has been the County Council's largest ever single investment. Greatmoor is a tremendous asset to be passing on to the new unitary authority."

You can find out more about FCC Environment on the company’s website.

TIPA compostable packaging secures $25-million investment

Compostable packaging company TIPA has announced that it has secured $25 million (£20.3 million) in its recent financing round.

This will allow the company to expand its sales and continue to develop its portfolio of compostable packaging solutions. Investors include Blue Horizon Ventures and Triodos Organic Growth Fund, as well as existing investors Chestnut and GreenSoil Investments.

Daphna Nissenbaum, CEO and Co-Founder of TIPA, said: “Plastics and their byproducts are littering our cities, fields and oceans, and are contributing to health issues in humans and animals. Consumers all over the world are demanding alternatives and leading brands are seeking the right solutions.

“We founded TIPA with the vision of offering sustainable packaging solutions that break down and return to nature, and are glad to continue expanding as we offer a patented technology to leading brands all over the world.”

You can find out more about TIPA and its compostable packaging solutions on the company’s website.

Home appliance company Arçelik makes microfiber filtering technology available to competitors

Turkish home appliance company Arçelik, the parent company of Beko and Grundig, has announced its commitment to making its microfibre filtration technology available to its competitors in the home appliances industry.

Arçelik's washing machine with microfiber filtering technology

The company’s microfibre filtration system is built into its washing machines, and is set to be introduced to the market in 2020. With more than one million fibres flushed down the drain after each washing load, Arçelik claims the technology will block 90 per cent of microfibres from entering water sources.

Calling for cross industry collaborate, Arçelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu said: “As a company with a global footprint, with products and services in 146 countries, we made it our mission to do everything within our power to make a change as time is running out in the fight against environmental disasters, most importantly climate catastrophe.

“That’s why we believe creating value through reducing the environmental damage that we are causing as an industry is a key opportunity we should seize.”

The company has also developed a washing machine tub made from recycled PET bottles, a fridge made from bio-based plastics and has upcycled waste fishing nets into oven parts.