Experience

Aluminium

As an ASI registered specialist, Melanie supports companies through the ASI (Aluminium Stewardship Initiative) certification process for both the Performance and Chain of Custody Standards.

A large international group, which manufactures a wide variety of aluminium products, requested an induction workshop to introduce ASI to its environmental managers. Melanie presented the essential elements of the ASI Standards and guidance, with an interpretation specific to the business of the individual companies. Practical sessions focussing on the ASI software platform and audit requirements gave participants hands-on experience.

Melanie is also assisting one of the largest rolling mills in Europe to align their systems with ASI requirements. This has involved visits to the site to lead the updating of existing procedures and the introduction of new management controls.

Bio-based Chemicals

We advised a university in the commercialisation of their new bio-based product, which acts as both a fertiliser and soil improver. The feedstock is waste from the biodiesel industry. The calculated greenhouse gas savings associated with reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides can be credited to the biofuel process. 

We worked with a large chemicals company to demonstrate the sustainability and traceability of their feedstock for a new bio-based intermediate. This included the development of feedstock purchasing and chain of custody procedures. 

Biofuels

We provided written evidence-based communications to regulators on the sustainability credentials of biofuels for customers all over Europe. One paper described the greenhouse gas savings that could be achieved in Ireland from the use of locally produced waste animal fat for biodiesel. Another paper, written for a biofuels producer, detailed the alignment of the sustainability credentials of technical corn oil with the Swiss biofuels system.

A project proposal was developed to enable Swiss biofuels producers to prove the sustainability and origins of their biomass. The traceability, assurance model and auditing standard were key parts of the work. This proposal has been submitted to the national government for approval. 

We acted on behalf of a biodiesel producer in the Netherlands to collect the energy and other inputs from a methanol producer, to be used for a calculation of the greenhouse gas savings of the product. 

BIOPLASTICS

We are working with a large international petrochemicals company, which is examining options to add drop-in bioplastic to their product range. This involves a market assessment covering drivers, demand, and pricing plus analysis of feedstock options, co-processing and sustainability considerations.

We carried out technical and market research in Europe for a US provider of analysis, strategic consulting and advisory services to the petrochemical industry. This involved interviews with key industry contacts and data synthesis.

A European technology company is scaling up the production of bio-degradable polymers. We advised the company on the procurement of their bio feedstocks. The work involved a review of sources of the feedstock, providing information on the origins of the material, together with the acceptability of the different sources to consumers and brand owners. 

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING

An international conglomerate is carrying out an improvement programme for the airborne pollution abatement measures in their offices worldwide. We are providing the project management for the outdoor and indoor air monitoring to assess objectively the improvements in air quality after upgrading work.  

We worked with a large UK scientific organisation to increase the impact and reach of their specialist monitoring technology and analysis services in the area of pollution and greenhouse gas monitoring, measurement and modelling. This involved project management and the development of proposals for new work.

LOW CARBON ECONOMY

We assisted a medium size UK manufacturing company, which supplies the aluminium smelting industry, to save energy and introduce a sustainable manufacturing policy. We carried out an analysis of energy consumption against process variables variables to provide the optimum operational conditions. We developed a sustainable procurement policy for use by company personnel. We also helped to promote their new sustainable product range via their website, promotional literature and social media.

As more transport becomes electrified, lighter weight materials will replace metals in automotive vehicles. A large petrochemicals company requested a prediction of changes in demand for a range of polymers over the next ten years. We worked with a specialist in electric transport to quantify demand under different scenarios for the uptake of electric passenger and heavy-duty transport. 

RECYCLED PLASTICS

We developed and wrote a proposal to fund the piloting of a chemical recycling project for a consortium consisting of a polymer producer, consumer brands and a chemical recycling company. The work involved drawing out key messages to show alignment with European funding requirements, rewriting technical input and organising a coherent project work programme.  

SUSTAINABILITY SCHEMES

We work with the market leading EU approved Voluntary Sustainability Scheme for biofuels, to provide communications and stories. The aim is to engage a wider audience for their sustainability standards for food, feed and materials. The principles of the scheme and their implementation are brought to life, using a style that is factual but light, whilst referencing news items and unifying aspects of common experience.

We represented a niche Sustainability Scheme in Europe with responsibility for business development, sales, events, European strategy, customer and stakeholder contacts. We advised on policy developments, European Commission thinking and direction, NGO policies and implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive. Customers seeking certification were guided through the process and assisted with implementation of the required management controls.

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