News in Brief – 09/06/20

BPF President re-elected for second term

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced that Martin Althorpe, Technical Director at Epwin Fenestration Division, has been re-elected as President until May 2021.

An image of Martin Althorpe
Martin Althorpe, Technical Director at Epwin Fenestration Division and President of BPF

The decision was taken at the recent BPF Council with the announcement made at the following AGM, both of which took place online for the first time.

Althorpe had made community engagement a key part of his presidency and stressed the importance of continued engagement with local MPs, which can still be conducted online or by phone while coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

Karen Drinkwater, Founding Director of JSC Rotational Ltd, takes up the position of BPF Vice-President with immediate effect and will support BPF President Martin Althorpe in his duties.

You can find out more about the BPF on the organisation’s website.

DS Smith appoints new Head of Sustainability

Packaging company DS Smith has announced today (9 June) that Wouter van Tol has been appointed as the new Head of Sustainability and Government Affairs.
Previously, van Tol was Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at food packaging company Huhtamaki, delivering its Packaging for Good Sustainability Strategy, and held senior positions in Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Samsung.

Wouter van Tol, new Head of Sustainability and Government Affairs at DS Smith

van Tol said: “I was attracted to DS Smith because it has a clear strategy for sustainability, great people, and a circular product that is recyclable in both theory and practice. All of these are important success factors in today’s changing world and I’m excited to build on these strong foundations and contribute to DS Smith’s role as the leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions.”

Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Affairs at DS Smith, said: “Sustainability is core to our business and the driving force of our company purpose ‘Redefining packaging for a changing world’. Wouter will help us reach new levels in sustainability so that we can support our customers and all stakeholders even further, in what is a rapidly changing world.”

You can read more about DS Smith’s sustainability strategy on the company’s website.

Consultancy offers circularity training

A new management consultancy for the circular economy, Circuthon Consulting, was launched last week (5 June) and will be offering training to assist businesses in transitioning to a circular model.

This follows calls that the majority of executive managers at companies are unaware of how to reap the benefits of the circular economy and tap into its financial potential, estimated at $4.5 trillion by Accenture.

Circuthon will utilise advanced intuitive online training and coaching tools for CEOs and top executives to help them unlock million-dollar savings for their companies by moving to a circular business model and improving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Jane Penty, author of Product Design and Sustainability and one of Circuthon’s panel of circular economy experts, commented: “Businesses are keen to join the new green economy but are lacking in knowledge and processes to exploit its $4.5-trillion opportunity. C-suites [executive managers] across Europe are desperate to learn more and switch to new green models, as evidenced by the Green Recovery letter signed by business leaders and the EU’s Green Recovery Plan, and this is true across other markets too.”

Circuthon Consulting founder Paul Foulkes-Arellano commented: “Business has the opportunity to come back bigger and better but the very term ‘circular economy’ is what scares big corporates away from the thinking and practices. Business today runs at ultra-high speed, so every new model needs to demonstrate short-term benefits. How much more attractive does a ‘save resources/save cash’ model sound to a C-Suite struggling to come to terms with the new realities?”

You can find out more about Circuthon on the consultancy’s website.

Andigestion’s Devon site ADBA certified

Food waste recycler Andigestion’s Holsworthy site in Devon has been awarded an Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) certification that recognises goods for their operational, environmental, health and safety performance.
This makes it the third anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in the UK to achieve recognition under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS).

Andigestion's Holsworthy plant in Devon

Holsworthy recycles up to 76,000 tonnes of the South West’s household and commercial food waste each year. Through its AD process, it produces 70 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity per day – enough to power 6,000 homes. The by-product of the process – digestate, a mineral-rich, liquid biofertiliser – is used by local farmers as a sustainable alternative to carbon-intensive chemical fertilisers.

Commenting on the certification Tom Brown, Compliance Officer at Andigestion, said: “Andigestion has always been ahead of the curve in terms of innovation and processes, and the main driver for applying for ADBA certification is our wish to maintain continual improvement.”

Sam Hinton, Technical Support Manager at ADBA, added: "[Andigestion] will reap obvious benefits from the recognition – not only improved performance and productivity, whilst adhering to high environmental, health and safety standards, but also confidence from their employees, customers, regulators, insurance companies and neighbours. We're also delighted that, as the first plant to achieve ADCS certification in 2020, they lead the way in showing other operators how to conduct business during these uncertain times."

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