Organisations and Contacts

Consumer

Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse - The Centre for Remanufacturing & Reuse has been established with Defra funding to promote the activity of remanufacturing and other reuse options. This site is designed to raise the profile of the industry; provide information and support to practitioners; provide information for policy makers and interested organisations; assist purchasers, public and private, understand the advantages of buying reused, with specifications for equipment; and act as a resource for researchers.

Consumer Utility Services - The Consumer Utility site is split into several easy to use sections that provide tips on how to make savings on gas, electricity and water bills as well as information on alternative renewable methods of heating and lighting for the home.

Energy Saving Trust website - A non-profit organisation that provides free impartial advice tailored to suit you. Our advice can help you save money and fight climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions from your home.

Green Consumer Guide - This is a portal delivering environmental news, information and details of environmentally friendly products. The Green Consumer Guide is run by Greenmedia Publishing Ltd. Greenmedia are an independent media company based in the North-East of England, who offer a variety of services.

Green Guide Online - Includes a database of organic, eco-friendly and ethical businesses and organisations providing a huge range of goods and services.

Green Providers Directory - The Green Providers Directory has links to hundreds of environmentally friendly goods and services, most of which are not available in the shops. They also provide news, updates and blogs on the environment and related topics.

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UK Government Departments

Department for Transport website: - dealing with sustainable transport issues.

DEFRA - In 2005, all Government departments committed to the UK sustainable development strategy. This long-term plan set ambitious and positive goals. To achieve them, government departments at all levels need to work closely together and with wider society.

BIS - UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Department of Energy and Climate Change - The Department brings together much of the Climate Change Group, previously housed within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), with the Energy Group from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Technology Strategy Board - The Technology Strategy Board promotes innovation in many ways. As well as investing in programmes and projects, much of their work is in spreading knowledge, understanding policy, spotting opportunities and bringing people together to solve problems or make new advances. Website: http://www.innovateuk.org

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UK Non-Governmental

Carbon Trust - The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by Government. Its role is to help the UK move to a low carbon economy by helping business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions now and capture the commercial opportunities of low carbon technologies . More information can be found on the website.

The UK Energy Saving Website - is designed to point you in the right direction for advice and tips on UK Energy Saving in your home and business. Reducing the amount of energy you use is the most effective way to save you money and also combat climate change. By using UK Energy Saving products you will also help to slow the rate of climate change on our planet, by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), and other harmful gases that enter the atmosphere. More information can be found on their website.

WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) -WRAP works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emmissions and improve our environment. Key activities on food waste involve local authority collection schemes, consumer initiatives to reduce domestic food waste and the Courtauld Commitment with retailers to reduce both packaging and food waste. Love Food Hate Waste website: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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Industry Trade Bodies

Chilled Food Association - CFA was formed in 1989 to establish, continuously improve and promote best hygienic practice standards in the production of retailed chilled prepared food. CFA represents many of the leading names in UK chilled prepared food production, supplying the retail trade.

FDF - The Food and Drink Federation is the voice of the UK food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector in the country. FDF's membership comprises manufacturers of all sizes as well as trade associations and groups dealing with specific sectors of the industry.

Food Chain Centre - The Food Chain Centre’s vision was to be the most efficient UK food chain supported by the most effective flow of information.

Although completed, work done by the FCC provides useful information on improving business methods.

Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) - The Food Climate Research Network aims to provide a comprehensive research, policy and communications resource focusing on how the global greenhouse gas impacts of UK food consumption might be reduced.

Power Point Presentation from FCRN on "Food and Climate Change - The World on a Plate"

IGD - Launched a free web based information resource on Sustainability in 2007, designed to help companies understand and meet the challenges posed by the sustainability agenda through factsheets, articles, case studies and news headlines.

Institute of Refrigeration - It is an independent organisation, run for refrigeration and air conditioning professionals by refrigeration and air conditioning professionals. The IOR is a central meeting point for people from all over the world to promote, improve and learn more about refrigeration and air conditioning.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) was set up in 1991 to develop and promote Integrated Farm Management. Operates LEAF marque assurance scheme for farm produce.

Organics Recycling Group (part of the Renewable Energy Association) is commited to the sustainable management of biodegradable resources. It promotes the benefits of composting and other biological treatment techniques and the use of biologically treated materials for the enhancement of the environment, business and society.

The Renewable Energy Association - was established in 2001 to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of sustainable energy in the UK. The REA was called the Renewable Power Association until October 2005. It's main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. They undertake policy development and provide input to government agencies, regulators, NGO's and others. There are a number of what are called "Resource Groups", some looking at individual technologies, others focused on industry sub-sectors.

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Knowledge Transfer Networks

A Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a group of individuals that have a shared interest in an area of emerging technology. It provides an easy means of acquiring and sharing knowledge, and hence, participating in shaping the future of a strategically important technology in the UK.

KTNs have been set up and are funded by government, industry and academia. They bring together diverse organisations and provide activities and initiatives that promote the exchange of knowledge and the stimulation of innovation in these communities.  There are currently 15 KTNs with over 70,000 members now participating in the KTNs and associated special interest groups.

The Biosciences KTN serves the agriculture, food and industrial biosciences sectors to connect and catalyse knowledge transfer, promote networking and stimulate innovation to help industry profit and grow from new technology-enabled products and processes.

Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) - The Environmental Sustainability KTN draws together organisations and businesses that deal with environmental and resource management and assists them accelerate the development and uptake of innovative sustainable solutions.  The KTN focuses upon areas where there is the greatest potential for addressing the interlinked challenges of excessive use and depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and loss of biodiversity, and climate change.  Its efforts are particularly concentrated upon Key Priority Areas where the competitiveness of British businesses and the UK economy as a whole can be enhanced.

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Research

Campden BRI is the largest membership based food and drink research centre in the world. They undertake R&D for the many industries associated with agriculture, food and drink manufacture, distribution, retailing and food service: in essence those industries which together make up the agri-food chain. Campden BRI also organise various sustainability related training events.

Food & Health Network - The Food Chain Sustainability Special Interest Group has evolved from the "Waste Cluster" of the Food & Health Network (FHN). The Institute of Food Research's Food & Health Network bridges the gap between IFR research and its application within the food and related industries.

Institute of Food Research - IFR is a not-for-profit company with charitable status. It is sponsored by the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council. IFR is the UK’s only integrated basic science provider focused on food. The scientific research collaboration stretches across the world through informal and formal partnerships. Outcomes feed into national and international strategies, delivering advice and solutions for UK Government, public sector bodies, regulatory authorities, industry and consumers.

NRP Biorefinery Centre - Opened in 2011, the NRP Biorefinery Centre, based at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, specializes in the pretreatment of biomass, enzymatic saccharification and fermentation as well as the extraction and fractionation of high-value components using biorefining approaches.

Leatherhead - Founded in 1919, Leatherhead Food International (LFI) has been focused on meeting the changing needs of the UK and global food industry for over 90 years – a proud and privileged heritage that has allowed it to develop as an independent, market driven, client-focused organisation.

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EU

Cordis - this website provides information on collaborative EU research including information on current Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) calls and links to ongoing projects.

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International

New Britain Palm Oil Limited - One of the first companies to be independently certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as being a leader in the production of sustainable and ethical palm oil.

Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics, University of Innsbruck, Austria - Research team investigating sustainable dyes from agri-food chain co-products.

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Technology Providers

ISO Energy - ISO offers a turnkey solution to supply renewable energy solutions for properties. This includes an initial on site consultation, design, implementation and installation. For more information visit their website.

C-Tech Innovation is a leading innovation management and technology development company.  With over 30 years expertise in thermal processing technologies such as microwave, radio frequency and ohmic heating we have developed equipment for a range of application within the food industry. We can improve efficiencies and product quality, shorten heating cycles, and reduce the overall energy required. Applications are diverse, ranging from heating, firing, drying, curing, defrosting, and baking through to cooking, sterilising and pasteurising.

Microwave, Microwave Assist and Radio Frequency can provide processing benefits not available when using other heating sources.  More uniform heating, faster processing times and improved product quality can lead to reduced emissions, lower processing temperatures and potentially novel material properties. With the heat being delivered directly into the body of the material being heated, heat transfer from the material surface is reduced. Successful food industry applications include drying, baking and defrosting.
Ohmic Heating can have significant benefits for the heating of fluids. Heat is generated directly within the material through the application of electric current, leading to a highly efficient and uniform heating method without creating internal temperature gradients. Numerous applications of ohmic heating for pasteurization of food products have been developed driven both by improvements in food quality and high process efficiency.  Ohmic heating can also be used for sterilization of waste streams such as compost leachate and sewage sludge.  

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