SCATTER Offers Local Authorities a Solution for Climate Action

July 31, 2019 | News

SCATTER is free for local authorities and makes it easier to meet the complex challenge of understanding and reporting on area-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Anthesis has unveiled a new online version of the successful SCATTER greenhouse gas reporting tool, which is free to local authorities in the UK. The web-based tool helps local authorities to assess, report on and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that their area produces.

SCATTER – which stands for Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction – is a user-friendly interactive website that uses a wide range of national and local public data sets to provide quantified outputs, without local authorities needing to commit significant resources to collect data.

Anthesis has partnered with Nottingham City Council to develop the tool in a project funded through the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It has already been used by several UK cities to provide an evidence base to build their carbon reduction plans.

The tool makes it easier for local authorities to meet the complex challenge of understanding and reporting on area-wide greenhouse gas emissions. It helps to report data to global frameworks, set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and understand how to meet climate change objectives.

Local authorities can use SCATTER to build a detailed inventory of their area’s annual greenhouse gas emissions in order to identify their largest emissions sources.

The launch of SCATTER online comes hot on the heels of the UK government declaring a climate emergency. Over a hundred local authorities across the UK have also made similar declarations and commitments. Local authorities can use SCATTER to build a detailed inventory of their area’s annual greenhouse gas emissions in order to identify their largest emissions sources. In addition, a new feature called “Pathways” will be available this autumn, which will allow local authorities to explore different greenhouse gas reduction actions and enable the creation of reduction scenarios from which to develop their climate action plans.

Climate reporting NGO CDP is working alongside SCATTER partners to provide tailored support to local authorities in reporting greenhouse gas emissions. SCATTER was released in time to meet the deadline for reporting to CDP’s annual questionnaire, which is used by over 600 cities around the world. By disclosing to initiatives like CDP, local authorities can better understand the scale of their impact on carbon reduction, as well as ways they can support crucial initiatives such as the UK’s 2050 net-zero target and international Paris Agreement.

SCATTER dashboard

The SCATTER tool can also be used alongside the local authority carbon budget approach from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which calculates climate change commitments for local areas aligned with the objectives of the United Nations Paris Agreement. SCATTER was originally created by Anthesis with support from the Tyndall Centre and piloted by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, with funding from BEIS.

Brad Blundell, Anthesis’ Director, said: “As cities and city-regions look to reduce carbon emissions, working out what actions will have the greatest impact is a complex task. Turning those actions into a workable plan supported by stakeholders is equally challenging. This is where SCATTER comes in, helping cities to measure emissions, model scenarios, set reduction targets and take action.”

Wayne Bexton, Head of Energy Services at Nottingham City Council, said: “The development of SCATTER provides a great opportunity to support a range of local authorities in taking their first steps along the journey to becoming carbon neutral, a journey which Nottingham City Council is also on. We are pleased to be part of the next phase of the project, aiming to increase the usability and accessibility of this free-to-use resource.

“We hope that SCATTER, with its city-regional inventory, carbon budget, reporting outputs and emission reduction pathway scenarios, will help support ambitious carbon reduction objectives around the country, such as Nottingham’s own aim to be carbon neutral by 2028.”

Brad Blundell
Director, UK Sustainability

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Anthesis Group Supports London Climate Action Week

July 8, 2019 | News

“We have three year’s left before the last of the remaining multiyear sea ice has gone from the Arctic Ocean,” declared Martin Hartley, guest speaker at Anthesis Group’s pivotal event on Monday July 1.  

During the Mayor of London’s first-ever Climate Action Week, from July 1- 8 2019, over 100 events were organised in response to the UK’s declaration of a climate emergency. The week-long initiative brought together the UK’s best climate experts to explore practical and new solutions to mitigating our carbon footprint in line with 1.5°C and The Paris Agreement. 

Who Attended? 

Anthesis Group’s event on the first day of Climate Action Week brought together leading names in sustainability to discuss the impact of the climate emergency, as well as potential solutions to this challenge. Opened by Anthesis Group’s CEO Stuart McLachlan, the event’s guest speaker was renowned Arctic explorer and adventure photographer, Martin Hartley, who shared his first-hand experiences of climate change and a selection of his award-winning photography and videography.   

Informed by his time exploring the region, Martin discussed the imminent threat that climate change poses to the Arctic and his prediction that the last of the remaining multiyear ice on the Arctic Ocean will be gone within the next three years and that this cannot, and will not, be stopped in time. He also warned of misinformation surrounding the Arctic, with even significant publications confusing facts about the area with the Antarctic.  

Martin also shared some startling research from UCLA regarding the evolution of Arctic shipping routes. They predict that by mid-century even basic shipping vessels will be able to travel through formerly inaccessible parts of the Arctic Ocean and won’t require icebreakers to do so.  

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Martin’s talk was followed by a panel and Q&A discussion with Martin, CDP’s Simeran Bachra, Perpetual Global’s Vivek Tandon and Anthesis’ in-house climate risk expert, Fiona Place.  

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What Conclusions Did the Panelists Come to for Climate Change Mitigation? 

Despite the clear warnings from each panelist of the devastating effects of climate change, numerous ideas to tackle this challenge were shared during the evening.  

Small Acts  

Martin advised that small acts can collectively have a big impact – even just switching a light off when you’re exiting a room or turning the tap off when you’re brushing your teeth.  

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Panelists Martin Hartley, Vivek Tandon, Simeran Bachra and Fiona Place (L-R).

People and Communities First 

Panelist Simeran Bachra, UK Cities Manager for CDP, thinks solutions need to be created with people in mind. Behavioral change is just as important as technological advancement to ensure that we create an economy that puts people and planet first. She also vouched for giving local authorities more power and control to influence climate change mitigation at a regional level.  

Recognizing our Impact 

Vivek Tandon believes it’s important as people and a society to recognize, consider and evaluate how our purchasing behavior may be contributing to climate change. Our planetary footprints could be causing immeasurable harm to communities we’re not even aware of, and without us personally suffering any consequences. 

Mapping Climate Risk  

Anthesis Group’s Fiona Place believes businesses need to start aligning their ambitions with action sooner rather than later. One of the ways they can do this is to map out their climate-related risks and opportunities in relation to scenarios such as heat stress, extreme weather conditions and drought. 

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At Anthesis, climate change mitigation is at the heart of our work. Read about our climate change services here. Or if you would like further information about the event, to be invited to our next event or to learn more about our sustainability services, please get in touch below.

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Emerging Trends 2019 Survey: Invitation to Participate

May 23, 2019 | News

Receive results first and contribute to a good cause.

23 May 2019: Anthesis Group is conducting its annual research into emerging trends and business perspectives on sustainability issues and topics and inviting all clients and contacts to participate. Understanding and prioritizing the topics that matter most to the market will enable us to understand business priorities and challenges further and provide these insights back to our survey participants and our wider audience.

In addition to providing valuable year-on-year analysis on industry priorities and perceptions, the 2019 research has a series of new questions introduced on the topics of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adoption of emerging technologies, stakeholder involvement, and sustainability implementation.

All respondents who fully complete the survey will receive an advanced copy of the report and access to an interactive and in-depth analysis of the global trends. As an additional thank you, Anthesis Group will also donate money to a charity for every response received, up to a total of £500.

The 2018 Emerging Trends Research received responses from the Americas, the UK, Continental Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific. With strong cross-industry representation, respondents were predominantly from the manufacturing and packaging, retail and consumer goods, agriculture & food/beverage, apparel, technology, chemicals, healthcare, and financial sectors.

The survey closes midnight on 14 June 2019, and the results will be issued later in 2019.

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Anthesis to Present at the Responsible Investment Forum

May 17, 2019 | News
Responsible Investment Forum Europe 2019

Anthesis will have two speakers at the tenth anniversary edition of the PEI Responsible Investment Forum in London on the 5th and 6th June.   

The forum is widely acknowledged as Europe’s premier event focused on environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) and responsible investment in the private equity and related asset classes.  

Anthesis’ associate director, Fiona Place, will be joining Ellen de Kreij of Apax, Shami Nissan of Actis and Amy O’Brien of Nuveen on a plenary session exploring the use of data to drive ESG performance and provide impact.  

Fiona will look at how integrating standardized and validated ESG data from investments can accelerate value creation for asset investors. She will also examine different ways of collecting, analyzing, assessing and reporting data to show how new data streams can inform the real impact of sustainability on investment performance at the asset level and throughout the investment life cycle. 

Tim Clare, a director at Anthesis, will be joining a panel examining why ESG and infrastructure are such natural bedfellows and will speak alongside Laura Canas da Costa of WWF Switzerland, Sabine Chalopin of Denham Capital and Simon Whistler of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment.  

Tim will bring insights born from the company’s long experience of working with infrastructure funds to manage their ESG aspects. He will address how infrastructure’s association with international finance and wider environmental impact assessments has created a deeper understanding of the issues, as well as how exposure to climate change challenges continues to drive new initiatives. 

Tim Clare said: “Anthesis is particularly proud to be speaking at and sponsoring this tenth anniversary Responsible Investment Forum, having recently helped its organizer, PEI Media, to develop their own ESG action plan.” 

If you would like to arrange meeting with a member of the Anthesis team at the forum, please contact Tim Clare or Fiona Place 

Join Tim and Fiona for their presentations 

Using Data to Drive ESG Performance and Prove Impact 

Fiona Place, Ellen de Kreij, Shami Nissan, Amy O’Brien 

11:30am, Wednesday 5 June. 

Why ESG and Infrastructure Are Such Natural Bedfellows 

Tim Clare, Simon Whistler, Laura Canas da Costa, Sabine Chalopin 

2.15pm, Wednesday 5 June. 

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Associate Director and Climate & ESG Practice Lead, UK
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Director, UK

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Marine Industry Starts the Shift Towards Sustainable Design

May 8, 2019 | News
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Anthesis Group to advise on project and leads custom build of Life Cycle Assessment tool.

MarineShift360, the collaboration developing a new Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool for the marine industry, has announced the first seven businesses to partner with the project. Allen Brothers, Arksen, Emkay Plastics, Multiplast, Princess Yachts, RS Sailing and Wessex Resins have formed this unique collaboration and will contribute valuable data from their materials and processes to further develop the LCA tool ahead of its commercial release in late 2019.

“the new LCA tool will help businesses to make smarter design choices; making better use of resources, improving efficiency and better responding to market needs. We’re proud to be supporting this initiative through both an advisory and delivery perspective.”

Motivated by consumer demand and expected changes to legislation, the marine industry is under the spotlight to make advances in closed-loop product design, moving away from the linear ‘take-make-waste’ approach and towards a circular economy. In collaboration with founding sponsor 11th Hour Racing, an international organisation that harnesses the power of sport to innovate change for the health of our oceans, MarineShift360 is actively developing its LCA tool to equip the industry with the means to understand product sustainability. With extensive expertise in LCA, software development and the marine industry, Anthesis Group, a global leader in sustainability services and solutions, is responsible for the custom build of the LCA tool as well as advising on the project. The project is being led at Anthesis Group by international LCA expert and trans-Atlantic sailor Craig Simmons.

The LCA tool quantifies the environmental impacts of a product’s full life cycle, from raw materials to disposal, ultimately allowing the user to make informed decisions at the design stage to mitigate such impacts. The pilot partners will work alongside MarineShift360 to tailor the tool to the unique needs of marine businesses in a bid to empower the wider industry to make smart choices within design and manufacturing processes. The project will continue to forge new partnerships to further enhance the performance of the tool, with the vision of creating a tool that is built by the industry, for the industry.

Todd McGuire, Program Director at 11th Hour Racing, founding sponsor of MarineShift360, says: “The new partners are already leaders in their respective fields, and joining this collaboration enables them to become leaders also in sustainability. There is no time like the present to adopt sustainability practices, both for business and environmental reasons, ensuring end-of-life considerations are embedded at the design stage. By gathering reliable data from the partners, MarineShift360 will develop a fully comprehensive database that supports a life cycle assessment tool tailored to the needs of the marine industry. Once complete, the tool will empower users to compare choices and investigate alternative materials that increase efficiency and reduce costs, leading to innovation in design — our ultimate goal for this project.”

Craig Simmons, Chief Technology Officer at Anthesis Group, says: “Like all sectors, the marine industry needs to respond to the ‘triple whammy’ of increasingly eco-conscious consumers, the rising cost of raw materials, and a tougher regulatory environment.  Design innovation sits at the heart of this, and the new LCA tool will help businesses to make smarter design choices; making better use of resources, improving efficiency and better responding to market needs. We’re proud to be supporting this initiative through both an advisory and delivery perspective.”

To find out more about the tool and the exclusive benefits of becoming a Pilot Partner please visit: marineshift360.org

All businesses in the marine industry are encouraged to provide immediate input by taking part in a questionnaire on the MarineShift360 website, which will help ensure the data and processes modelled are useful industry-wide: marineshift360.org/questionnaire-form

 

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T: +44 (0)1983 247 286

E: marineshift360@intotheblue.biz

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About Allen Brothers

Allen Brothers has 60 years of experience working with the world’s leading sailors to create innovative products with the highest levels of performance, quality and durability.  Liz Adams, Managing Director, says: “I am really proud to bring Allen Brothers into the first wave of businesses to partner with the MarineShift 360 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool. Coming in at the same time as our ISO9001 accreditation and after a year of major investment in the business, this initiative confirms our positioning at the forefront of innovation, quality and closed-loop product design. We have a 60 year heritage of creating great products for sailors, by sailors, but the way business works is changing and we need to change with it, not as a follower, but as a leader.”

www.allenbrothers.co.uk

Media contact: Jeremy Nicholson, Head of Marketing

T: +44(0) 1621 774689

E: jeremy.nicholson@AllenBrothers.co.uk

 

About Arksen

Arksen is a marine technology company building the most authentic, capable and efficient explorer vessels of their kind. Jasper Smith, CEO, says: “By reinventing the modern explorer vessel we are inspiring a new generation of sailor and encouraging them to facilitate research that will contribute to a more profound understanding of the ocean ecosystem. Sustainability and deep technology are at the very core of the Arksen business, two fundamentals that we share with MarineShift360, a venture that will empower marine professionals to make informed decisions on materials and design choices through thorough data analysis and owners to make purchase decisions based on product and environmental impact. We are excited to work with the team and to help lead a drive towards sustainable practices across the whole marine sector.”

www.arksen.com/

T: +44 (0) 23 8001 0017

E: media@arksen.com

 

About Emkay Plastics

Emkay Plastics supplies key materials for composite boatbuilding. Steven King, Managing Director, says: “Emkay Plastics are delighted to begin collaborating with MarineShift360. Sustainability in the marine industry is vital and a platform for businesses to compare raw materials is a truly fantastic idea. Our main product lines Rohacell and Rohacryl are thermal recyclable as they do not contain CFCs (chloroflourocarbons), meaning there are no poisonous gases emitted when burned. Emkay Plastics are excited to see what the future holds for this ambitious and important project. We want to make our customers and potential customers aware that our materials can be used in sustainable practice.”

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Media contact: Elliot Lake, Sales and Marketing

T: +44 (0) 1603 327 680

E: elliot@emkayplastics.co.uk

 

About Multiplast

Multiplast is a world-leader in performance boat construction and the use of high-performance composite materials. Yann Penfornis, Managing Director, says: “Adopting LCA is not only a moral obligation, but we also believe it will be a legal obligation in future and this tool is a perfect way to stay ahead of official requirements. The first build project using MarineShift360’s LCA tool will be a new Imoca 60, DMG Mori, for the Japanese skipper Kojiro Shiraishi. We will then be able to compare the results during the construction of a future Imoca that we will potentially start next winter.”

www.multiplast.eu/en/

 

About RS Sailing

RS Sailing has implemented a Sustainability Programme, analysing, improving and publicising recyclable aspects of its boats. Alex Newton-Southon, RS Sailing CEO – Design Technologies, says: “RS Sailing are delighted to be one of the official Pilot Partners of MarineShift360. RS are committed to sustainability and we are continually trying to foster sustainable innovation into our product development. The partnership with MarineShift360 will allow us to further our commitment, learn about the true life cycle impact of our products, incorporate new design techniques and help promote positive change across the marine industry.”

www.rssailing.com/

Media contact: Lynn Billowes, Marketing Manager

T: +44(0) 1794 526 769

E: lynn@rssailing.com

 

About Princess Yachts

Princess Yachts is a leading British luxury yachts manufacturer. Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director, says: “Several years ago Princess made a commitment to stop our use of single use plastics at all of our events. This was a seemingly simple step to take, alongside our long-standing and continued commitment to the Marine Conservation Society, and we now see ourselves focusing on manufacturing efficiencies and MarineShift360 compliments these current efforts. We are a vertically complex manufacturer with 3200 employees producing 300 yachts each year, going from raw material to finished yachts on premises in Plymouth, and therefore having an understanding and well-thought-out lifecycle strategy is now key. Princess is an eager participant of the development of this tool and we look forward to establishing and sharing some data to carve a path towards a brighter manufacturing future.”

www.princessyachts.com/

Media contact: Nicola Cope, Head of Brand Marketing

T: +44(0) 1752 203888

E: nicola.cope@princessyachts.com

 

About Wessex Resins and Adhesives

Wessex Resins and Adhesives is a British manufacturer of high-quality and performance epoxy systems for a wide range of industries and applications since 1981. Ian Oliver, Managing Director, says: “We are delighted to be one of the official pilot partners of Marineshift360, and see this partnership as another step to ensuring all in our industry are aware of the importance of sustainability and the responsibility we all have. As a company we are committed to ensuring we are doing our very best for our planet with investing in recyclable and sustainable innovations and materials in all our products.”

www.wessexresins.co.uk

Media contact: Sam Oliver, Area Sales Manager

T: +44(0) 1794 521 111

E: Sam.Oliver@wessex-resins.com

 

About MarineShift360

www.marineshift360.org

MarineShift360 is a partnership-driven international collaboration that aims to drive positive, sustainable changes towards design and manufacturing in the marine industry. Backed by 11th Hour Racing as Founding Sponsor and Into the Blue as Project Partner, MarineShift360 is developing a bespoke Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool that enables the user to evaluate and compare materials and processes, investigate alternatives, and drive innovation to allow informed, environmentally and economically sustainable choices without compromising performance of the final product.

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How the MarineShift360 LCA Tool Works

The tool computes the distribution of the impact of a product across all its life stages. Users of the tool will be able to see where greatest impacts lie across a number of parameters, ultimately allowing to bring end-of-life thinking into the design stage and develop a strategy to reduce the overall environmental impact of the product. Users can select material types and volumes and choose processes from a database of over 200 entries. They can then quickly assess and compare parts based on environmental footprint, not only during manufacture but for every step of the component’s lifespan. Lastly, users can adjust inputs, take measures to reduce impacts, and make informed decisions at the design stage.

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Lavola Wins the FEGP Award in the Category of Social Commitment

May 2, 2019 | News
Lavola CEO collecting award

On Friday, April 26, the Enterprise Night of the Business Federation of the Gran Penedès (FEGP) took place at the Codorníu cellars, in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (Barcelona).

Three hundred and fifty businessmen, executives and institutional representatives participated in the 2019 FEGP awards ceremony at which some 17 companies from the three districts of the Gran Penedès recognised.

Antoni Mansilla, Lavola CEO, collected the prize from the Enterprise and Knowledge Minister of the Government of Catalonia, Àngels Chacón.

Lavola was the winner of the FEGP award in the category of Social Commitment; this commitment is manifested in our projects that strive to achieve a more sustainable society, with citizens and our interest groups benefiting. We also take care of the quality of life of our personnel and we favour social projects with a positive impact in the territory where we work.

Image left to right: the president of FEGP, Martí Sistané; Lavola CEO, Antoni Mansilla; Enterprise and Knowledge Minister, Àngels Chacón; the mayor of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Josep Maria Ribas and the president of Fomento del Trabajo, Josep Sánchez Llibre.

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Anthesis Group Expands Sustainable Apparel Capability with the Appointment of Elena Kocherovsky

April 30, 2019 | News

“Elena has worked tirelessly to improve sustainability performance in the apparel and textile industry. Her appointment strengthens our team and further validates our ambition to be a world leader in creating sustainable value & impact”

Anthesis Group deepens its leadership position in the sustainable apparel space with the addition of Higg Index Expert Elena Kocherovsky as Principal Consultant.

Elena formerly served as Senior Manager with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) where she specialized in the implementation of the Higg Index, a suite of SAC-developed tools used by the apparel, footwear and textile industry to standardize the measurement of a company or product’s sustainability performance. Elena oversaw the development and deployment of the Higg Facility Environmental Module, and has particular insight into the engagement of the global apparel and footwear supply chain.

Elena will continue to support SAC members in leveraging their Higg data, as well as to provide supporting services focused on Higg Index utilization and data insights. Elena is already well known to Anthesis, having worked closely with the Anthesis Apparel team in her former role at the SAC.

Elena brings with her a wealth of experience that will be applied immediately with Anthesis clients, including expertise in supply chain environmental sustainability; energy, water, and other impact management, and environmental data collection and analysis.

On her appointment, Elena says “I am thrilled to be joining Anthesis and for the opportunity to blend my experience from the apparel and footwear industry and my specialization in the Higg Index with Anthesis’ impressive data analytics and technology edge. There is a great need in the industry for support and guidance around how to utilize the vast quantity of data that has been collected in recent years, and Anthesis is uniquely positioned to help businesses leverage that data to drive meaningful impact. I look forward to expanding my support of the apparel, footwear and textile industry in this new role.”

On Elena’s appointment, Chris Jones, Anthesis Group President, North America and Asia-Pacific says “We are thrilled that Elena has joined us. Elena has worked tirelessly to improve sustainability performance in the apparel and textile industry. Her appointment strengthens our team and further validates our ambition to be a world leader in creating sustainable value & impact for organizations in this important industry sector.”

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Naked Energy and Anthesis Announce Partnership to Drive Accessibility to Solar Solutions

April 24, 2019 | News
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Britain’s Naked Energy and global sustainability services and solutions provider Anthesis, today announced a partnership to drive the accessibility of leading-edge solar solutions for clean, renewable energy.

Combining the sustainability leadership and geographical reach of Anthesis with the innovative design of Naked Energy’s Virtu technology, the partnership will provide organisations with access to cost effective and ultra-compact energy alternative that generates both heat and power, with trusted deployment by Anthesis.

“We’ve taken a whole new approach to hybrid solar, which delivers the greatest financial and carbon savings for a fixed unit”

As ESG concerns move up the corporate agenda, Naked Energy helps organisations to hit sustainability targets whilst embracing financial outcomes. Its Virtu technology enables them to improve energy efficiency standards by significantly reducing on-site CO2 emissions. VirtuPVT is a high energy density solution providing combined solar heat and power and is suitable for a rooftop, ground or building façade installation. Using up to 40% less space than conventional separate PV/thermal combinations, it can achieve up to 65% better Internal Rate of Return (IRR) than a traditional combination of solar thermal and PV of a similar size.

According to co-founder and CEO of Naked Energy, Christophe Williams, “Solar PVT ‘photovoltaic/thermal’ creates the opportunity for both electricity and thermal generation in one compact unit. Virtu takes this to the next level with its unique tubular design and use of vacuum technology – which delivers the high energy density for a given area. VirtuPVT typically captures 60% of sun’s energy for heat while 20% is harnessed for electricity.

“We’ve taken a whole new approach to hybrid solar, which delivers the greatest financial and carbon savings for a fixed unit ‘says Williams.  Interestingly, Williams’ entrepreneurial grandfather, Peter Blenheim Williams was a renewables pioneer of his day and developed wave technology called the ‘oscillating duck’ in the 1970’s.

“We are very excited about our new partnership with Anthesis, they too recognise that VirtuPVT has cracked the code of how to deliver the most value from less space, which is particularly important in the built environment” says Williams.

Anthesis Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer Paul Crewe says: “Organisations of all sizes and across geographies need to make renewable energy a business imperative. It makes sense from a sustainable perspective and a commercial perspective, with energy costs being the second highest business cost after staff. Naked Energy is at the forefront of solar technology and the opportunities ahead through this partnership, for us and our clients, are exciting.”

Naked Energy co-founder and CFO Nick Simmons is the former European Finance Director of Yahoo! Europe and Business Development Director of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. He says: “We have been very impressed by the ambition and focus of Anthesis in delivering sustainable solutions and found common ground in our shared values and ways of working. By partnering with Anthesis Group, with its global network and deep expertise across a wide range of sustainability areas, Naked Energy is taking an important leap forward in terms of scaling its operations”.

About Naked Energy

Naked Energy set out to provide clean, cost-effective energy through its innovative designs and business models. They believe that profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. Energy security, cost and environmental impact drive everything Naked Energy does. Energy for heating and cooling accounts for approximately 50% of global energy demand and 39% of carbon dioxide emissions. Increasing urbanisation, growing populations and economic development present unique challenges to how thermal energy is consumed and delivered.

Renewable thermal energy has received a lot less attention than renewable electricity but has an even more important role to play. That’s why Naked Energy developed VirtuPVT. They looked at everything from the end consumer’s perspective. Starting with the premise that the consumer wants to take control of their energy in terms of security of supply, cost and environmental impact. Their initial focus is on commercial and industrial.

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Anthesis Group named in the FT 1000 for the second year running

March 25, 2019 | News

Anthesis Group, the global sustainability services and solutions provider today announced it has been named as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies, for a second year running. Celebrating 25% annual revenue growth since launch.

Anthesis Group, the global sustainability services and solutions provider today announced it has been named as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies, for a second year running.  Compiled by the Financial Times and research company Statista, the FT 1000 is a list of European companies that have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2014 and 2017.

Established in 2013, Anthesis Group is now the largest independent sustainability specialist globally, with 450+ experts located in offices across 14 countries. With revenue growth in excess of 25% per annum, Anthesis Group is far out performing the sustainability industry’s estimated growth of 1-4%.

“With sustainability now maturing into a mainstream business imperative, we continue to focus on our strong growth ambitions to expand the breadth of sustainability and technology offerings available to our clients.”

Commenting on the news, Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis Group’s CEO said, “We are very pleased to be included in the FT 1000 for a second year. This influential league table is a solid reminder of all the successful organisations across Europe who should be celebrated for their achievements.  With sustainability now maturing into a mainstream business imperative, we continue to focus on our strong growth ambitions to expand the breadth of sustainability and technology offerings available to our clients. This is indicated by our recent acquisition of Lavola and our entry into the Spanish market.”

The FT 1000 is the latest accolade for Anthesis, following on from further recognition from The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 and London Stock Exchange Groups ‘1000 Companies To Inspire Britain’.

 

 

 

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China’s Waste Ban – What Have the Global Impacts Been One Year On?

March 19, 2019 | News

For decades, the western world has relied on China to accept millions of tonnes of low-quality recycling materials. But with the import ban known as the The Chinese Sword, the accepted contamination for many materials went from 5-10% to 0.5%, making it harder for industry to meet their requirements.

The Chinese Sword didn’t come as a shock to the waste industry. Environmental issues have climbed on the government’s priority list, and with warning signals like the Green Fence restrictions in 2013, waste managers, exporters and brokers had time to reroute waste exports before the ban went into effect. Still, the overdependence on China as a waste destination has left waste managers with few alternatives. Even China itself has felt the impacts, with large companies struggling to find enough packaging material because of dwindling fibre feedstocks.

Impacts in Asia

Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand have all seen huge increases in material being exported to them for treatment. Often these alternative destinations have too poor waste infrastructure to deal with the quantity of low-quality materials being sent, meaning materials from western countries are being dumped in illegal sites and landfills.

As a result, Thailand has announced that it will ban plastic waste imports by 2021, and Vietnam and Malaysia have already restricted or stopped issuing import permits for plastic waste. Until recently, India had been the largest alternative waste destination, but as of March 1st this year, the country has banned imports of plastic rubbish. It is now clear that no country alone has the capacity to absorb the quantities that China used to import.

Impacts in the UK

Left to clean up are strained waste collection services in the western world. In the UK, a fifth of local authorities have seen their recycling service costs increase in the last year because of restrictions in Asia. The closure and uncertainty of end markets has also led to some councils’ costs of recycling mixed paper and certain types of plastic increasing by £500,000.

Councils have responded by restricting the accepted materials within mixed recycling bins at the kerbside or closed bring banks for mixed materials altogether. For example, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have closed 29 mixed plastic bring banks and told residents to only recycle bottles, shampoo and bleach bottles at the kerbside. Swindon and Southampton also implemented similar changes.

Impacts in the US

There’s a similar story to the UK across the pond. The US exported 70% of its plastic waste to China and Hong Kong in 2017. Just one year later, this was around 5%, when China’s share of US exports had been absorbed by other Southeast Asian destinations.

It’s been estimated that 111 million tons of plastic waste from the US will have no end destination for recycling by 2030 – and because of the restricted marketplace and reduced demand for material, prices have dropped dramatically. Bales of unsorted paper that would have been worth $100 per ton are now worth less than $5 in some markets, which is starting to cause stockpiling or result in recycled materials being sent to incineration or landfill.

The knock-on domestic effects

We’ve seen the knock-on effects of the Chinese sword particularly in our environmental and commercial due diligence projects, which are strongly impacted by presence and absence of local capacity.

Development of domestic waste processing capacity will be crucial to cope with the waste surplus generated. For the UK and USA, investment is not an easy decision due to complex planning processes and long lead-in times, high energy costs and low domestic demand for secondary commodities. For example, infrastructure projects that could generate an appropriate supply of high-quality secondary materials may take 5 to 10 years to implement. The chances of getting enough treatment capacity in place, and in time, are slim.

The waste industry’s strategic response has been to get better quality of recycled materials to meet contamination requirements. But this has put pressure on local authorities to make separate collection of material streams, on collection crews to reject contaminated loads and on Materials Recycling Facilities to get additional resources and slow down conveyor belt speeds.

What’s likely to happen next?

China will continue to push for tighter environmental standards, and with the Beautiful China pledge, abrupt environmental policies are expected to continue. Waste import licenses in the last quarter of 2019 will be only a quarter of those issued at the beginning of the year and a total ban on Chinese imports is coming, but this could be delayed until 2021.

Until we see the impact of the current policy changes allowing the expansion of current capacity at lower risk, recycling rates in the UK are likely to stagnate or reduce. As well, the recent UK Budget released at the end of October 2018 proposed a new plastic tax to be introduced in 2022 on packaging with <30% recycled content. This, along with the targets set out in the EU Circular Economy Package, means the demand for secondary commodities will increase significantly over the next five years. But with less material being recycled, manufacturers may find it even more difficult to secure supply.

To avoid this getting worse, investment in local infrastructure could help to produce higher quality commodities and to recycle more material close to home. Without these investments, more problems like the “China crisis” can be expected.

The Circularity Gap Report recently highlighted that the world is becoming less, not more, circular – which inevitably leads to a waste surplus. The Chinese Sword has therefore set in motion a domino effect, whereby countries that are overwhelmed by vast amounts of low-grade materials must close their ports to foreign waste.

The UK’s Resources and Waste Strategy shows awareness of the unsustainability of the waste system, and will be key to address this monumental challenge. However, most of the legwork has yet to be done.

Nick Cuomo

About the Authors

Nick is a Consultant for the Waste, Resource and Sustainability team at Anthesis and has worked for a broad range of clients helping them to better understand resources and waste. Nick is an expert at analysing and modelling data to measure the potential impacts that emerging policy and market trends may have on clients business functions to help develop future strategy.

Klas Wetterberg

Klas is a recent graduate of Environmental Policy at London School of Economics, where he got a robust theoretical background to the environmental sector and how public and private actors respond to regulatory pressures. Before then, he was also awarded the Governor’s Prize and employed as Teaching Assistant thanks to his outstanding academic achievement at Imperial College, where he studied a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Biology.

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