"Cost and Carbon Savings through Resource Reuse on Capital Delivery"
Join ISL CEO, Dr. Rachel Lombardi for her keynote address at the All Ireland Water and Wastewater Expo in Dublin on Thursday November 23rd.
With the aim of providing the best service to customers at the lowest sustainable cost and the increasing emphasis on circular economy, the utility sector must find innovative ways to close resource loops wherever possible, minimising the cost and carbon impacts of mobilised resources. Many virgin resources can be substituted by alternative, recycled or recovered materials; and many qualified reuse solutions are known for wastes generated, either within the utility sector or elsewhere. Both substitutions and the reuse of waste need to meet technical, economic and regulatory requirements.
International Synergies Limited (ISL) engaged with 2 WASCs and the HS2 high-speed rail supply chain to unlock waste and resource data for carbon and cost savings. Working across divisions (operations, capital delivery and its supply chains, procurement, carbon management, waste and environment), ISL identified and collated resource and waste data using its bespoke SYNERGie® software to estimate resource reuse potential and facilitated specific reuse opportunities to completion for United Utilities. ISL led an OFWAT-funded transformative project to deliver a “symbiosis blueprint” setting out how any water company could approach symbiosis, find easy wins and avoid common pitfalls – which is being adopted by 2 WASCs.
For United Utilities, an estimated £15M p.a. potential savings across Capital Delivery were identified (1.4% of total AMP7 budget) and over £250,000 cost savings and associated carbon were delivered through facilitation. While United Utilities continues to work to integrate this systems thinking into business processes, ISL replicated activities with Severn Trent Water progressing opportunities to deliver £360,000 cost savings and associated carbon savings. Data visibility via a shared resource database enables site managers to choose reuse over disposal, keeping materials in productive use thus reducing carbon, cost and waste.
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Read more about our work with the water utility sector here:
Industrial symbiosis: Innovation for the water sector
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