Developing a bespoke toolkit

AvISO is collaborating with Cranfield University offering a Master of Science Thesis to a student of the Environmental Management for Business MSc.

Developing a bespoke toolkit to analyse and communicate the environmental benefits of cardboard recycling.

Compact & Bale are a waste management company committed to the circular economy concept. Their business model ensures that they continue to divert unwanted materials from disposal and back into the value chain. To highlight their environmental commitment, the company provides their clients with a certificate that communicates their environmental performance from recycling. However, at present, the company are unable to provide details of the method used to quantify the environmental benefits. Therefore, to back up their claims, Compact & Bale have requested an updated, transparent and robust method to quantify and communicate the benefits of sending unwanted cardboard to be recycled.
The aim of the project is to develop an Excel tool that can calculate the environmental benefits of recycling cardboard. The benefits should be presented in an engaging and informative manner.
The thesis will be primarily conducted using secondary data research from data within academic literature and governmental reports. Nevertheless, a site visit to Compact & Bale will also be undertaken to understand their requirements of how the tool should perform and collect primary data on-site.
The project is being led by Bethan Hutchinson, Environmental Management for Business MSc student, under the supervision of Dr Gill Drew and Dr David Parsons. Bethan has provided a background of why she decided to choose this project:
“Coming from a background in geography, I have always been interested in creating a more sustainable society and environment. More specifically, I value environmental awareness and communication as interesting, critically important and contemporary issues to be addressed. Therefore, this project appealed to me as it presented a perfect opportunity to transfer my interest into a real situation.
Through this experience, I am excited to develop the technical skills that I have gained surrounding carbon footprinting. It also gives me the opportunity to create a tool specifically designed for environmental communication with companies. I like that I will be able to demonstrate, using digestible facts and figures, how a simple action can have significant environmental impacts. As a result, companies can visualise tangible achievements and become motivated towards improved resource efficiency.

This project has therefore given me the experience of working alongside AvISO with a client that is passionate about reducing environmental burdens. Working to the genuine needs of a client to help improve/ validate their environmental performance is an opportunity that I have amply enjoyed so far and hope to continue doing within my future career.”


Posted on: 12/07/2018 By: Mr Paul Stevens   Categories: Environmental

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