UK-based global engineering company, Renishaw is amongst the first five businesses to achieve the new Carbon Trust Waste Standard.
Launched on 5th November 2013, the Carbon Trust Waste Standard is the world’s first international standard for organisational waste reduction, and is awarded to businesses that are able to demonstrate they are measuring, managing and reducing waste year on year.
Following the successful completion of a pilot stage, Renishaw has achieved the award together with Whitbread, PwC, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints UK, and the Football Association.
Calling on businesses to take urgent action to become more sustainable, Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust said reducing waste and resource use, along with carbon emissions and water is a crucial part of the transformation that all businesses will need to make in the next decade. By taking early action and opening themselves up to independent certification showing real reductions, the businesses that hold these Standards are showing themselves to be genuine leaders and putting themselves in a much stronger competitive position.
To achieve the Carbon Trust Waste Standard, Renishaw demonstrated an overall movement up the waste hierarchy, increasing rates of reuse and recycling. The company was also certified earlier this year to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon emissions.
According to Ben Taylor, Renishaw’s Assistant Chief Executive, as an advanced manufacturing business, increasing efficiency and reducing waste in operations and processes is fundamental to their work.
Renishaw has also turned waste into a valuable resource. The company invested £196,000 to install systems that turn waste aluminium swarf from production processes into briquettes that can be sold to other manufacturers, creating a new revenue stream. It is also assessing the viability of equipment that will enable the company to recover waste oils from metal cutting operations.
Renishaw is also at the forefront of research into systems that will in the future help to limit industrial waste. The company’s market-leading metal-based additive manufacturing (3D printing) machine allows items to be produced by building them up using the exact amount of resources required, rather than having to create components out of larger pieces of material using subtractive manufacturing processes.