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Farnham Repair Café launches free Repair Café Carbon Calculator V2  

April 13th, 2022, Farnham, Surrey.  Farnham Repair Café (FRC) launches its latest version – V2 – of its Repair Café Carbon Calculator today, and confirms that the free online tool – – is available with immediate effect to repair cafés and similar organisations anywhere in the world.

The upgrade complements “Right to Repair” laws and emerging trends around “Right to Repair” in March 2021, the first-ever right to repair laws came into effect in the EU, with the UK following four months later. Manufacturers in Europe are now legally obligated to ensure that electric and electronic goods, such as televisions and fridges, can be repaired for up to 10 years after purchase.  On March 30th 2022 the EC launched its Sustainable Product Initiative (SPI), to ensure that products in the EU market are designed to be repairable, recyclable, durable, energy-efficient and free of hazardous chemicals.

“Repair Café Carbon Calculator V2 displays information on users’ carbon savings in a more easily and clearly understood way,” says its developer Steve Privett, a former FRC trustee and repairer, and currently a consultant and researcher.

FRC’s founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Professor Martin Charter, comments, “The new version will help repair cafés and other organisations to further realise and promote the benefits of repairing a product – that extends its life – compared to replacement with something new.

“Repairing is a vital way of preventing waste, reducing CO2 emissions and combatting the ‘buy now, throwaway later’ culture.”

Privett says, “There are no changes to how the tool operates or the calculation methods used. But, inside, the software has been re-engineered to display results through graphic images – and give a more descriptive equivalence to carbon savings via an example range of ‘everyday’ activities such as driving, air travel and hot showering. For example, 35 kg of repaired electrical items at a repair café session would save 306 kg of carbon emissions, the equivalent emissions of taking 191 hot showers.” 

Emphasising that the new version makes it easier for organisers and users of repair cafés to understand and communicate environmental benefits to the public, he adds, “For example, a repair café keeping a record of the calculator’s results could say, “Since opening, we have saved the equivalent carbon emissions of someone flying 235,000 miles or driving a new petrol car more than 160,000 miles.”

Also new is a graph showing a percentage breakdown of the carbon emission savings contribution from each product repair category. It helps users quickly see how different repair categories contribute to the overall carbon emission savings, and how or where savings might be improved.

Additionally, the calculator features a graph showing the carbon emission savings intensity of repairs. This helps users to see if their repair café results or sessions are above or below the UK average calculated from original research data. Says Privett, “When more products – that created high carbon emissions when they were originally manufactured – are repaired, the carbon intensity of repairs moves to a higher level, and vice versa for products that created low carbon emissions during manufacture and transportation.”

Quick carbon calculator option

Users not requiring a comprehensive view of results via the standard calculator model can use the “quick” option. It allows users to rapidly estimate their carbon emission savings of a repair by entering either the total weight of successful repairs or the total number of items repaired successfully. 

The option takes into account other factors that impact carbon emission emissions savings, including how many products are taken by the average visitor for repair and how many miles they will have driven to and from the repair café or other repair organisation.


The original version of the Repair Café Carbon Calculator was launched in 2020 and was the result of three months-long collaboration between Steve Privett and Professor Charter. Funding came from University for the Creative Arts UCA, following an award from the Strategic Priorities Fund from Research England. The calculator was ground-breaking internationally and replaced guesswork and paper-based methods. The calculator is still believed to be the only repair café carbon calculator of its kind.

User comments about the original version

“It’s very user friendly; very easy to enter items by weight and category; and the results summary is very useful” –  Emilia Barnett, Alton Repair Café.

“We have used the calculator to work out the amount of carbon equivalent saved for items repaired. Consequently, it has been, and will be used, for a variety of items – electrical, other household, material, tools, bicycles etc. The strengths of the calculator are that it is easy to understand and gives a consistent approach to working out carbon saved” – Laura Harley, Overton Repair Café.

About FRC

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 became a UK-registered repair café charity in 2017, working in collaboration between The Centre for Sustainable Design ® at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church in Farnham UK.  FRC is part of the global Repair Café movement of 2283 (as of March 2022), led by The Repair Café International Foundation – founded in the Netherlands in 2011.

More about FRC

Below: a screenshot of the Quick Carbon Calculator option.


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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 – – calculates emission savings by using weight or number of repairs across all product types. 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.”

Professor Martin Charter

Professor Charter

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.”

Farnham Repair Cafe

Farnham Repair Cafe

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:

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

For more information please contact Martin Charter



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Intellectual Property rights, questions answered, at free workshop

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.

Target Audiences

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?
Commercial development
Patents, Confidentiality and Licensing In/Out
David Hopkins, Events Manager, Intellectual Property Office

16:30    Discussion & Q&A

17:00    Close

Fees and Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please download the Registration

Map & Directions

Please refer to the Map at


For information on free business support related to sustainable
products, services and technologies see or

Our Funders

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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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 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.”

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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


Note to the press: for further information please contact:

Leanne Elliott, Project Manager, Action Sustainability   T: 0191 2815777 E:

Or Martin Charter,  SUSCIN Project Director, University for the Creative Arts T: 01252-892772   E:

Or Paul Whitehead, Western Associates PR,
T:  01403 711177   E:

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