11 Jul 2024

Free business support events launched to improve resource efficiency

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International Synergies Limited (ISL) has launched three bespoke, free to attend events to provide businesses an opportunity to learn about resource efficiency.

The events were announced by ISL in line with the firm’s continued long-standing delivery of facilitated industrial symbiosis services to businesses in the region through the UKSPF-funded Circular Economy for Birmingham and Solihull (CEBAS) project and the West Midlands Resource Reuse Network (WMRRN).  
Happening throughout July and August, the events feature an in person workshop and two webinars;

  • The free in person workshop will explore WMRRN resource matching on Wednesday, 17 July at Conference Aston from 9 am to 1 pm. Click here to book.


  • A webinar titled ‘CEBAS Lunch & Learn: Basic Carbon Literacy’ will happen on Tuesday, 30 July from 12 to 2 pm. Click here to register.


  •  Another webinar focusing on ‘CEBAS Lunch & Learn: Introduction to Scope 1, 2, 3 and Greenhouse Gas Emissions’ will take place on 13 August. Click here to register.


The WMRRN Project is a regional, facilitated programme based on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s core policy objectives highlighting the following waste steams: wastewater, sand and metals.

The WMRRN project enables ISL to provide support to companies managing these waste streams with the potential to generate impact including cost and carbon savings, new revenue streams, job creation, waste reduction, resource efficiency and social value creation.

To explore whether business can benefit from this free business support, contact the WMRRN Team via wmrrn@international-synergies.com. Click here for additional project details.

ISL is particularly interested in discussing opportunities with businesses from the food and drink, water utility, construction, cast metal foundries, metal surface treatment, agriculture and battery production sectors.

The CEBAS project aims to deliver cost and carbon savings to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Birmingham and Solihull by improving their resource efficiency, supporting both Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Councils to reach their own Net Zero goals.

To explore how SMEs can benefit from this free initiative, contact the CEBAS team via CEBAS@international-synergies.com. Click here for additional project details.

ISL chief operating officer Ian Humphreys (pictured) said: “We have delivered high-impact Resource Matching Workshops for many years in the UK and internationally.

“Our most recent event in Northern Ireland resulted in 24 businesses identifying 60 potential matches that would divert 90,990 tonnes of waste from landfill and generate cost savings of £14,558,400.”

The 15-month CEBAS project received £520,000 from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.

The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. Click here for more information.

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