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Free-to-use “Repair Café Carbon Calculator” launched by Farnham Repair Café through a collaboration with the University for the Creative Arts
April 22nd 2020, Farnham, Surrey, UK. Farnham Repair Café [FRC] today launches its in-house designed Repair Café Carbon Calculator, a free and easy-to-use online platform aimed at repair cafés – and other repair organisations – in the UK and internationally.
Available in two versions, Quick and Standard, the calculator is believed to be the first online tool that reports CO2 emission savings resulting from product repairs.
Quick – https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/rc-carbon-calculator-quick – calculates emission savings by using weight or number of repairs across all product types. Standard – https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/rc-carbon-calculator-standard – can be used by repair cafés that keep individual product repair records and group their successful repairs, by weight or number into categories e.g. bicycles, computing, electricals, mechanicals, clothing, jewellery etc – thereby giving a more precise estimate of carbon emissions and landfill savings.
“Many repair cafés have traditionally used simple paper-based ‘measure by weight’ methods”, says Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD], University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and Chair of the Board of Trustees of FRC. “Our carbon calculator enables users to quickly estimate emission savings by weight or even just the number of successful repairs alone, or in greater detail by product repair category.”
The Standard version can also show where repair cafés are having the most success in carbon emission savings, by product type – not just by weight. “Repair is particularly beneficial in electrical products such as smartphones, tablets and computers, because they contain a very high level of embedded carbon emissions due to the global supply chains,” adds Professor Charter.
The Repair Café Carbon Calculator is the result of three months-long collaboration between FRC trustee Steve Privett and Professor Charter. Funding came from UCA, following an award from the Strategic Priorities Fund from Research England.
At the heart of the calculator is a methodology based on data and information from FRC – and other repair cafés in the UK – that was used by Privett in his dissertation on “Potential impact of UK Repair Cafés on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.” The dissertation was completed for his master’s degree in sustainable development.
Privett comments, “The research indicates that the majority of people whose products are repaired at the UK’s repair cafés continue to use them instead of buying newly manufactured replacements. This reduction in product consumption helps to preserve finite resources and lower carbon emissions and is particularly effective when products with a short usable life cycle, of which there are many, are given a new lease of life through repair.
“We hope the calculator will help to further inform and motivate communities towards a culture of repair rather than replace.”
The calculator takes a number of variables into consideration in its calculations. Included are average transport emissions to and from the repair café, spare parts use, rebound consumption and savings made by reducing the total sum of greenhouses gases that would have been released by manufacturing new products if the products had not been repaired by a repair café.
Research on impacts
Says Professor Charter, “Very little hard data about repair cafés’ potential ability to mitigate CO2 emissions has been published to date. Our calculator is the first tool to give repair cafés the opportunity to change that, by using more accurate evidence-based estimations of CO2 savings from product repairs.
“Making our calculator free-to-use by repair cafes and other repair organisations worldwide will, we anticipate, help policy makers, manufacturers, repairers and customers make the connection between the circular economy and climate change.
“Historically, broader environmental benefits of repair cafés have been highlighted in the media and social media. The calculator enables more specific evidencebased estimates of CO2 emissions, showing the real impact that repair cafes can make.
“Social and community are also an important aspect of repair cafés. We are seeing increased community interest and, when covid-19 lockdown and social distancing are lifted, repair cafés can expect to see a further strengthening of their relationship with their local communities.”
More about the calculator: https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/index.php/about/
FRC is open on every second Saturday of the month between 10am – 12.30pm and offers advice and repairs on all kinds of products, from vacuum cleaners, headphones and lights, to hats, jackets, pushchairs and bicycles. Address: FRC, The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU.
Founded in 2015, FRC, a UK-registered repair café charity, is a collaborative project between UCA, CfSD at UCA, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK. It is part of the global Repair Café movement of nearly 2100, led by The Repair Café International Foundation – founded in the Netherlands in 2011; the number of repair cafés in the UK has doubled over the last year to more than 125.
Says Professor Charter, “Our repairers are highly skilled and do a brilliant job. To date we have organised 58 sessions and had 3,000 visitors to Farnham Repair Café since launch. There have been almost 1300 repairs at a 65 percent repair rate with over 3.7 tonnes being diverted from landfill, and we have reduced CO2 by 34.5 tonnes, and seen over £91,000 saved by repairing instead of buying new.”
More about FRC https://frc.cfsd.org.uk
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Farnham Repair Café’s “Repair Café Carbon Calculator” is previewed at the UK’s first Repair Café Conference today
March 12. 2020. Farnham, Surrey, UK. The UK’s first Repair Café Conference – held today and organised by The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – sees a preview of a first, an online “Repair Café Carbon Calculator”, and a demonstration of 3D printing for spare parts as used by Farnham Repair Café (FRC).
This is the first time the calculator https://repaircafes.carboncalculator.sp-consulting.online/index.php/es-calc/ has been previewed in public ahead of its official launch on 31st March. Also on 31st March, a new FRC website will be launched at https://frc.cfsd.org.uk/
The conference – https://cfsd.org.uk/events/repair-cafes-conference – at UCA, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS – discusses new research on global repair café and visitors’ behaviour, new innovations, and sharing best practice on issues related to running repair cafes and the repair of electronics, textiles, mechanicals, furniture and bicycles.
Delegates include representatives from repair cafés, local authorities, green organisations and academia.
The calculator rapidly calculates, via any given weight or number of repaired products, how much CO2 is potentially saved. It takes into account variables including average transport emissions to and from the repair café, spare parts use, rebound consumption and the savings made by reducing the total sum of greenhouse gases that would have been released by manufacturing new products, had these products not been successfully repaired by repair cafés in the UK.
It will be available from 31st March for use by repair cafés and any other organisations and individuals anywhere in the world, free of charge.
The calculator is the result of collaboration between FRC trustee and volunteer Steve Privett and UCA’s Professor Martin Charter, Director, CfSD and Chair of the Board of Trustees of FRC. The project has been funded by UCA as a result of an award from Research England.
In the beginning…
“There wasn’t a specific ‘eureka, who was keen to make it accessible by anyone with an internet connection. The idea evolved from there into the calculator we see today. At its core is a sound methodology based on information and data from Farnham Repair Café and other repair cafés in the UK.”
The information and data were used by Privett in his dissertation on “Potential impact of UK Repair Cafés on the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions” for his masters degree in sustainable development at the University of Surrey, where he gained a distinction in his masters degree thesis.
Says Professor Charter, “Research on the social impacts of repair café has been highlighted in the media and on social media, but very little about their potential ability to mitigate CO2 emissions has been published. The calculator should help change that and give more accurate estimations of CO2 saved.
“It’s also an excellent example of how the circular economy – repairing products, example – can reduce the impact of climate change by helping to reduce CO2 emissions.”
Privett comments, “Prior to the preview on 12th March, the methodology that the calculator is based on has seen international interest from repair cafés, academics, research students and repair organisations.”
About the 3D printing demonstration at the conference, Privett says, “3D printing has the ability to revolutionise how repair cafés can further lower CO2 emissions and landfill by being able to repair a wider range of goods, thereby reducing the need to ‘buy new’. Products repaired at FRC using 3D printing have included an antique style lamp, mechanical toys, torches and custom appliance fittings, and promotional keyrings have been produced for FRC.”
A user of FRC, local resident Desi Lyon, says, “Waste of resources is a huge global problem and we no longer bring our children up in a culture of looking after things and repairing them. Not only does Farnham Repair Café offer knowledgeable and helpful engineers and other experts to fix broken items, but its very existence makes me hopeful that communities and individuals can have the power to change national policies and effect change.”
FRC is open on every second Saturday of the month between 10am – 1pm, when it provides advice on, and repair of, many kinds of products, from vacuum cleaners, headphones and lights, to hats, jackets, pushchairs and bicycles. Address: FRC, The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham, GU9 7QU.
Founded in 2015, FRC, a UK-registered repair café charity, is a collaborative project between UCA, CfSD at UCA, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK. It is part of the global Repair Café movement of over 2000, led by The Repair Café International Foundation – founded in the Netherlands in 2011; the number of repair cafés in the UK has doubled over the last year to more than 125.
Says Professor Charter, “Our repairers are highly skilled and do a brilliant job. To date we have organised 58 sessions and had 3,000 visitors to Farnham Repair Café since launch. There have been almost 1300 repairs at a 65 percent repair rate with over 3.7 tonnes being diverted from landfill, and we have reduced CO2 by 32.4 tonnes, and seen over £91,000 saved by repairing instead of buying new.”
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March 19th, 2013. Business leaders from around the world will gather at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Epsom, UK, November 2013, to explore solutions to current environmental threats and challenges.
Sustainable Innovation 2013, a conference hosted by the university’s Centre for Sustainable Design, will provide a forum for new thinking, ideas and concepts.
Conference organiser and Director of The Centre for Sustainable Design, Martin Charter said, “Companies are being forced to rethink business models to adapt to the economic imperative, changing weather patterns, natural disasters and resource scarcity. In times of crisis there are often opportunities and there is a growing interest in creating new
business models that deliver economic value whilst reducing negative environmental and social impacts.
“Sustainable Innovation provides an ideal opportunity to take a strategic look at these challenges and to bring leaders from all sectors together to create solutions.”
Now in its 18th year, Sustainable Innovation has brought together 2,000 delegates from over 50 countries, representing a wide range of industry sectors and areas.
The 2013 conference has attracted a diverse range of speakers, including Tanya Bisgaard, founder of Novartis Innovation (Denmark); Lars Mortenson of the European Environment Agency (Denmark); Taru Aalto, Chief Operating Officer of Globe Hope (Finland); Mark Barthel, WRAP (UK); Tracey Rawling Church, Kyocera Document Solutions (UK); and Andy Baynes, Nest Labs (US).
The Centre for Sustainable Design is a research unit based at UCA, which has a leading-edge track record in knowledge transfer related to sustainable innovation and product sustainability. The Centre has a global reach, working with policy-makers, companies and academia worldwide.
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Intellectual Property for Eco-innovators, 14th December 2011
Red Lion Hotel, Basingstoke, Hampshire – RG21 7LX
Organised by: The Centre for Sustainable Design
Strategic partners: Intellectual Property Office
Supported by Sustainable Business Partnership
The majority of eco-innovative firms own or create intellectual property (IP) in the form of trademarks, copyright, patents, database rights or registered/unregistered designs. In developing innovative environmental products and technologies, many smaller businesses are not fully aware of the opportunities to protect and exploit their IP. Knowledge of the range of protection and licensing options should complement each eco-innovator?s approach to competing effectively.
Customers and collaborators often seek clarity over the position on IP and around 10-20% of small- and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) may be involved in litigation related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Many SMEs therefore have questions, such as:
*Why would you apply for different types of IP protection? Is UK registration sufficient?
*Where do you check to clear use of a new business or product name?
*What is the cost/benefit of registering a trade mark?
*What is the difference in protection between a Patent, UK Design Right (automatic and free) and UK Registered Design?
*Would a contractor own the copyright to commissioned work, if copyright is not assigned to the commissioning company?
*How should confidentiality be agreed?
*what forms of disclosure would invalidate a later patent application?
*How can the value of IP be assessed?
*Where do you apply for each type of IP protection, how do you apply and what does it cost? Where can I get further advice?
This Intellectual Property Workshop will tackle such questions through a series of practical scenarios, discussion and guidance from the Intellectual Property Office. This is based on a successful Intellectual Property Office workshop that has been delivered to SMEs, Business Link and UKTI advisors and a variety of professional bodies for more than 10 years.
The workshop is aimed at eco-innovative companies with less than 250 employees based in the South East of England that produce low carbon, resource and water efficient products or technologies. Attendees from all roles with a basic to intermediate level of IP expertise are welcome.
Benefits of attending
*Gaining a good understanding of trade marks, patents, copyright, designs and confidentiality ? your questions answered
*Access to a full suite of support materials from the Intellectual Property Office
13:00 Registration and Networking
13:30 Introduction and Overview
Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, University for the Creative Arts
13:45 Intellectual Property – How IP can impact a businesses?
Commercial Development. Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs.
David Hopkins, Events Manager, Intellectual Property
15:30 Tea/Coffee and Networking
15:50 Intellectual Property – How IP can impact a businesses?
Patents, Confidentiality and Licensing In/Out
David Hopkins, Events Manager, Intellectual Property Office
16:30 Discussion & Q&A
Fees and Registration
There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration
Map & Directions
Please refer to the Map at redlionhotelbasingstoke.com/location/
For information on free business support related to sustainable
products, services and technologies see cfsd.org.uk/sids or suscin.org.uk
SUSCIN has been funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund
(ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-2013.
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The Centre for Sustainable Design announces fully revamped website – second major redesign since launch in 1995
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The Centre for Sustainable Design – CfSD – to provide training for the new ISO 14006 eco design standard
July 22nd 2011 The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD] in Farnham, Surrey [UK] has announced it is to provide training for ISO 14006, a new guidance standard designed to facilitate eco design. ISO 14006 was published on July 8th 2011, some two months ahead of schedule, and is expected by CfSD to be used by corporates and SMEs alike.
CfSD director Martin Charter, who was global convener of the ISO working group responsible for the standard and intimately involved with forming its content, says it will “provide practical guidance on how to manage eco design within existing management systems, speeding up opportunities to design, develop and produce profitable products with lower environmental impact.”
He adds, “With ISO 14006, manufacturers carrying out eco design can realise benefits in cost reduction, improved stakeholder and supply chain relationships, and improve image, employee motivation and innovation while maintaining the integrity of their EMS.
“But these benefits arise from changes in critical strategic planning and operational activities and can only be realised if they are anticipated, recognised and recorded as part of the overall corporate goals, objectives and targets.”
It is in these areas that CfSD will provide training, effective immediately.
Says Charter, “The standard is intimately linked to ISO 14001 and will help organisations establish a systematic and structured approach to the incorporation and implementation of eco design activities within an environmental management system such as ISO 14001:2004.
“ISO 14006 is a guidance standard, not a certification standard. It is intended to be applicable to all organisations, regardless of type, size and product provided, but is aimed primarily at those that have an environmental management system, such as ISO 14001:2004, in place.
“It will also be useful if combined with a quality management system in line with ISO 9001, and may be useful for those organisations that have no formalised environmental or quality management system but which are interested in reducing the adverse environmental impacts of their products.”
Charter adds that a guidance standard was needed “because no existing standard specifically covers and relates to the differing areas of knowledge and competencies required for the management of eco design within organisations.”
Enquiries about ISO 14006 training at CfSD should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org More information at: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/training
The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research, training, consultancy and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see:
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CfSD announces programme for its annual Conference on Sustainable Innovation & Design – October 24-25th 2011 and now in its 16th year
June 13th 2011, Farnham, Surrey, UK. The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD], founded in 1995 under the stewardship of internationally renowned “green” innovationconsultant, author and speaker Martin Charter, has announced its 16th annual conference in the Sustainable Innovation series – “Sustainable Innovation & Design” – and the chair for day one is the BBC World News presenter David Eades.
The conference runs from October 24-25 2011, at Farnham Castle, Farnham, Surrey, UK, and also lined up is Oliver Heath, the “green” specialist on BBC TV’s Changing Rooms. Oliver, who is also the Founder of EcoCentric and Director of Heath Design Ltd, opens the first day’s proceedings and will be a keynote speaker.
Other keynote speakers on day one are Dr Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability, Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Professor Fred Steward, Policy Studies Institute.
In addition Tomoo Machiba, Senior Consultant, Organisation of Economic, Cooperation & Development (OECD), France Michal Miedzinski, Senior Consultant, Technopolis, Belgium, will separately discuss eco-innovation. Jacquie Ottman, Founder and CEO, J. Ottman Consulting, US, will look at “Marketing and Sustainable Innovation” and will also be signing copies of her new book – “The New Rules of Green Marketing” – at the conference. Michael Kuhndt, Head of Centre, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), Germany, will focus on “Niche to Mass Market: Strategies for Sustainable Consumption”.
Day one also sees the presentation of two case studies – “Belu water”, by Reed Paget, CEO, One Earth Innovation, and “Tesco – Re-use New Business Model”, by Mark Griffiths, Partner, SecondNature. In addition, there will be a panel on “Sustainable Innovation and Design I: Planning and Implementation”.
Day two will be chaired by Lawrence Bloom, Chairman, B.e Energy, UK/Canada and will look at (i) “Doing More With Less: Linking Design for Sustainability with Corporate Competitiveness in a Smaller World”, with Bruce Piasecki, President & Founder, AHG Group Inc, US (ii) “Sustainability, Innovation and Supply Chains”, with Shaun McCarthy, Director, Action Sustainability, UK (iii) “Social (sustainable) Innovation”, with Trudy Thompson, Founder, Bricks and Bread, UK.
There will also be a panel discussion on “Sustainable Innovation & Design II: Tools and Techniques”.
Full details of each days’ panel and itineraries are at http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16/
“CfSD’s “Sustainable Innovation” series of annual conferences has run unbroken since the first in 1995,” says Charter, CfSD’s director. “It is still the only one of its kind and this year we again have a great line up of speakers, panel members and other participators and subject matter. Booking early for a place is advisable.”
The Centre for Sustainable Design (CfSD) was established in 1995 at University for the Creative Arts http://www.ucreative.ac.uk The Centre provides a range of services focused on “product sustainability” and “sustainable innovation” issues: research; training; consultancy; and events. CfSD organises the “Sustainable Innovation” series of international conferences, now in its 16th year – see http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd16
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SUSCIN announces free Meet The Buyer event – Bracknell, July 13th 2011 – to enable SMEs in the South East to meet regional and national buyers of sustainable products and services
June 13th 2011. SUSCIN – Sustainable Supply Chains through Innovation – has announced a free Sustainable Supply Chains Meet the Buyer event in Bracknell, Berkshire, on July 13th, to enable SME suppliers of sustainable products and services in the South East to meet and sell to regional and national buyers.
Through pre-arranged private appointments on the day, the event will showcase the wide range of sustainable, eco-innovative products and services on offer in the region. Buyers will typically be looking to purchase a variety of items, from construction and building maintenance products and services to packaging, cleaning supplies and environmental consultancy.
A similar event in Crawley last year attracted some 20 buyers and 80 of the best sustainable suppliers from across the South East. Buyers included Balfour Beatty Workplace, the Ministry of Defence, Oxfam, Partners in Purchasing Ltd, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust and West Sussex Council.
SUSCIN is currently seeking suppliers who wish to meet buyers. Suppliers will be able to conduct up to eight pre-arranged meetings with buyers of their choice, save time and money on research, marketing and cold calling, and benefit from networking with other suppliers on the day.
To reserve a free place and receive more information, suppliers should contact Kim Newton at Action Sustainability on firstname.lastname@example.org or 02476 236290.
There are three core partners in SUSCIN: The Centre for Sustainable Design [CfSD – University of the Creative Arts], Action Sustainability and Remade South East. Action Sustainability is an expert in sustainable procurement and is organising this, the third event in the SUSCIN “Meet the Buyer” series.
Martin Charter, SUSCIN Project Director, says “Meet The Buyer is ideal for suppliers who have lessened the environmental impact of their products or services or have produced new, low impact products or services, and are committed to sustainability in their operations. The event will deliver them face to face meetings with buyers and therefore save considerable research and marketing costs.”
More about SUSCIN at www.suscin.org.uk
SUSCIN’s Meet The Buyer events are funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the South East ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007–2013, via the SUSCIN (Sustainable Supply Chains Through Innovation) project http://www.suscin.org.uk
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