An energy and environmental engineering specialist joined various industry experts at an event held in Swansea yesterday (6 December) to address the advantages of organisations contributing towards a resource efficient and low-carbon economy.
The ‘introduction to the circular economy for resource efficiency and wellbeing’ event was held at Swansea’s Volcano Theatre, where Adrian Matthews, Consultant at EFT Consult, spoke of the practical implications of the principles of the circular economy. He emphasised the very real difference this circular approach to resource efficiency can make, such as creating better environmental conditions for employees and customers, while also saving energy and money.
Speakers representing the public, private and third sectors also contributed to the lottery funded event. They included: Emma Thomas of Constructing Excellence in Wales, who provided an introduction to the circular economy; Dr Stephen Wise, Waste Sector Director and Waste Technical Lead within the global environment and infrastructure business, who spoke about waste to energy and opportunities for the Welsh economy; and Joanna Clark from Specific, Swansea University, who provided a talk on buildings as power stations.
Talks were also presented by Paul Reeve, Director of Business Services at the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), who discussed circular economy principles in the built environment; Delyth Williams, CEO of Penywaun Enterprise Partnership, who spoke about resource efficiency for wellbeing; Mark McKenna, Founder and Director of Down To Earth, who gave a presentation on sustainable construction; and Craig White of White Design, who discussed a people-centred housing model.
The event enabled these industry experts to highlight the various innovations and ideas that organisations from all sectors can adopt to improve their environmental practices, which can subsequently benefit the wellbeing of employees and the environments in which they work.
Swansea-based EFT Consult provides environmental and energy solutions to all manner of organisations. The company offers a holistic approach that takes into account economic, environmental health and social wellbeing principles to enable organisations to work towards becoming self-sustainable whilst saving money and reducing business risk.
Chris Jenkins, director of EFT Consult, commented:
“We are extremely pleased to have joined so many specialists in the field of resource efficiency and wellbeing to showcase the many advantages to implementing the principles of the circular economy. Raising awareness of the concepts and benefits of a circular economy can lead to greater efficiency in all manner of organisations through more productive staff, savings on energy and even business growth. We hope the information provided at the event and the chance to engage with leaders in this sector will allow business leaders to consider how these ideas could help them to improve and develop their business for the future.”