A Birmingham-based programme has helped reduce carbon emissions in the UK by 4.4 million tonnes between April 2005 and March.
The award-winning National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), developed by International Synergies (ISL), is on target to deliver five per cent of the UK’s Kyoto commitment by 2011.
ISL has teamed up with the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) to pool resources and expertise on future projects to reduce environmental impacts. Peter Laybourn, chief executive of ISL, explained how the organisations will work either side of the Atlantic to identify opportunities among member companies to recover, reprocess and reuse resources: “Joining forces with the US BSCD will help develop the NISP programme further in the UK by sharing examples of best practice.”
The two groups hope to expand their networks, share case studies and create worldwide opportunities for environmental impact reduction. Executive director of the US BCSD, Andrew Mangan, said: “Bridging these programmes will benefit communities in the US, the UK and elsewhere.”