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Our Sustainability Experts

When it comes to Sustainable Procurement, several of our ERA consultants are experts in aiding businesses to achieve their sustainability objectives and uncover savings along the way.

Read their full profiles below.

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Richard Anson

Sustainable Solution Delivery Specialist

Email: ranson@expensereduction.com
Phone: 07769 710858

Surrounded by sobering sustainability statistics that highlight nature’s decline, consumers are increasingly aware of their impact on the environment. That awareness feeds into their collective everyday purchasing choices.

64% of consumers are more likely to buy from retailers that provide sustainable packaging, and a similar percentage recognises the importance of packaging recyclability.

Because almost every industry relies on affordability, how can you address the needs of an environmentally conscious consumer against a backdrop of rapid inflation and supply chain disruption?

Packaging Specialist Richard Anson may be able to provide some answers. He’s been providing answers to similar questions for 21 years before joining Expense Reduction Analysts and for 15 years since. Notable clients have included Clintons, Ercol Furniture, Paul Smith and NRS Healthcare.

In his own words: “The world of packaging is moving away from single-use virgin plastic towards recycled, recyclable materials with an emphasis on waste reduction. A catalyst for that transition – aside from consumer demand – is government legislation. For example, in the UK, companies are required to pay a tax on packaging materials which consist of less than 30% recycled plastic. That threshold is only going to increase as environmental action does.”

Richard’s holistic consultative approach can highlight possible redesigns, alternative materials and ways to uncover savings.

How can he help you and your business?

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Dan Howells

Specialist Carbon Reduction, Waste & Recycling Specialist

Email: dhowells@expensereduction.com
Phone: +44 (0)7786 141011

Most companies have sustainability objectives.

One of which might be to go carbon neutral, negative or simply to cut down on emissions.

However, many companies fall at the first hurdle because they are unaware of how many emissions they produce. Without this figure, it’s impossible to calculate your impact on emissions.

That’s where Chartered Waste Manager and Carbon Consultant Dan Howells comes in, helping organisations to manage their waste, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve their sustainability credentials.

He’s done so for more than ten years, forging long-term relationships with high street retailers, supermarket chains and the National Health Service.

In his own words: “Companies have a big part to play in combatting climate change and reversing its effects. But it’s a role that you don’t have to play alone. With ERA’s expertise, we can help you to navigate the choppy waters of sustainability and achieve your company’s green objectives.”

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Ken Rogers

Solution Delivery Specialist

Email: krogers@expensereduction.com
Phone: +44 7717 290 121

When it comes to sustainability, few cost categories come under more scrutiny than fleet and fuel procurement. That’s because the transport sector produces approximately 25% of the UK’s annual emissions, double those produced by agriculture, and more than five times those belonging to waste management services.

It is, therefore, crucial that we reduce its impact. In our personal lives, the answer might be to switch to a battery electric vehicle (BEV). Your business, however, is unlikely to be able to do so without major investment at a time when costs are being raised and your profits are being squeezed.

There is a substantial additional capital cost in electrification, both in vehicles and charging infrastructure, making the option unaffordable to many companies . And for many, the technology isn’t there to do so (aviation, for example). What should you do? Give up and bury your head in the sand?

Ken Rogers, Expense Reduction Analysts’ Transport Operation Costs Specialist says no:

“Instead, your first step should be an in-depth analysis of your output emissions. After all, you don’t improve unless you monitor. Your next priority should be eliminating inefficiencies. For example, are your routes optimised? Is your fleet fully maintained? And, for road vehicles, are all tyres aligned and correctly inflated? Attention to these examples will help drive down fuel usage and, therefore, reduce carbon emissions.”

Having fulfilled 30 years of senior management roles within the transport sector, Ken has helped many companies to achieve sustainable transport operations, focusing on low-carbon alternatives, operational efficiencies and carbon offsetting.

Ken’s work has been given industry recognition by being shortlisted for the European Supply Chain Awards for Excellence. How can Ken’s award-winning services be applied to your business?

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Steve Stringer MIWFM

Sustainable Solution Delivery Specialist

Email: sstringer@expensereduction.com
Phone: 07578 018773

You might think the key to being more sustainable is to invest in grand, green energy-generation projects. Sometimes they can provide businesses with a solution. But just as often, they don’t. Instead, you should take a holistic approach to your environmental efforts. Are solar panels suitable for your manufacturing business if you work primarily at night-time?’

‘Is your heating system inefficient, or are your employees leaving doors and windows open?’ Project Specialist Steve Stringer has been finding the answers to these questions and so many more for more than 30 years before joining Expense Reduction Analysts and more than six years since.

In Steve’s words: “The key to sustainability is rarely a quick and expensive fix. Instead, our consultative approach can illuminate procurement opportunities that benefit both the planet and your bottom line. Most companies make the mistake of implementing energy generation before assessing their energy efficiency. With our help, you can put the horse before the cart, not the other way round.” Simply put, the process starts with a survey of your sites and assets and often ends with substantial savings. It is from our processes that the potential for “quick wins” for low or no cost also emerges.

For example, a recent project for a well-known flooring company featured the installation of LED lighting which resulted in 60-65% energy savings and improved light levels.

How can Steve help your business?

To find out more about how we can help your business achieve its sustainability goals, contact us today.

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