Sustainability consulting services
Sustainability is one of the key issues of our day and has been a driving force for technology-enabled innovation in the last decade. As an issue, it is C-level and has become an important factor in investment decisions. Many organisations have set strategic targets with hard deadlines for reducing their usage of natural resources, for example aiming to be carbon neutral or even negative.
Our consulting ranges from considering plastics circularity and design for recycling to the role of biosourced or biodegradable materials to advanced agritech solutions looking to limit the usage of harmful chemicals, to identifying emerging “green chemistries”.
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Helping businesses drive growth in a green economy and society
Sagentia Innovation has extensive experience of helping clients define their sustainability strategies, set goals and create action plans and solutions that deliver results. Our consulting in sustainable agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain, packaging waste reduction and new business models for sustainability aligns with manufacturers ambitious goals and we have the ability to go from whiteboard to laboratory seamlessly to verify technology claims from scientific first principles.
Why Sagentia Innovation
- We provide strategic sustainability consulting, deep scientific and technology propositions, and advanced product development services
- We combine strategic thinking and market analysis skills with science and technology consulting to produce strategies that readily convert into plans, solutions, and results
- Working with our sister regulatory consultancy, we help organisations understand the regulatory environment (current and future direction) that will likely impact their business
- We help R&D functions rethink their business processes to become net zero friendly
- We understand the different aspects of sustainability, the trade-offs and considerations, and how they match real situations
- Our team includes LCA analysts, sustainability consultants, chemists, biochemists, materials scientists, engineers, biologists, data scientists, and AI specialists, so we can assess sustainability issues comprehensively
- We have 2 R&D centres with extensive laboratories and resources as well as test kitchens and regulatory expertise in, for example, labelling, food contact, chemicals use and sustainability legislation
- We make the effort to really understand your business and your challenges so we can craft solutions that are specific to your needs
Our sustainability services
Our services fall into three areas:
Management and strategy
Identifying the focal areas to realise sustainability goals – considering current and future portfolio, market needs, regulation, stakeholder pressure and reputational risk.
Anticipating how sustainability will influence current product portfolio and future business opportunity – deriving strategies to manage risk and realise advantage.
Evaluating the organisation’s readiness to progress on sustainability and whether business practice aligns to the company’s ambitions.
Providing principles and tools to embed and amplify sustainability within mainstream business activity .
Roadmapping the journey towards achieving more sustainable products, realising sustainability-linked opportunity and defending against sustainability-driven disruption.
Finding alternatives to non-sustainable chemicals and materials to improve product sustainability.
Creating new or rethinking old value propositions and products to create sustainable solutions, considering whole life and usage of product.
Appraising the sustainability of a company’s products, chemicals and ingredients or new value propositions
Auditing your value chain
Evaluating the impact of changes in regulation and new science on the use of chemicals and products, and identifying strategies to effectively manage health, environmental and commercial risk for sustainable outcomes.
Safe and sustainable design
Ensuring product design, specification and use are consistent with current and future sustainability imperatives, standards, and practices whilst also aligned to the business ambition for sustainability.
Advocacy and dossier development
Developing the evidence base and dossiers needed for regulatory approvals, policy positions and for communications with relevant stakeholders to future-proof products for sustainability.
Claims, disclosures and reporting
Building the evidence base and narrative to support sustainability claims and reporting.
Sagentia Innovation works extensively in the following sectors:
We help food & beverage clients with all aspects of sustainability. Packaging has been a big focus in this sector as well as waste reduction strategies such as food waste upcycling.
Read about our work in the food and beverage sector.
Consumer companies work with us on many aspects of sustainability. We help them create products that are designed and developed with sustainability in mind for their entire lifecycle: the material selection, formulation, production processes, the consumer usage and the end of life.
Read about our work in the consumer sector.
Energy transition , moving from traditional fossil-fuel production and consumption, to newer renewable forms of energy is impacting all areas of the Energy sector. Zero-emissions (carbon dioxide and methane) in oil & gas operations and leveraging value chain drive to reduce emissions are key areas where we assist energy companies.
These range from zero-flare solutions, to monitoring and detecting emissions, as well as the key area of CO2 reduction in operations where companies are exploring a range of solutions across energy efficiency, electrification, battery & local renewable energy sources.
Read about our work in the energy sector.
Sagentia Innovation works extensively in agritech, helping identify technology-enabled solutions that can reduce the impact of farming on the environment. These have included solutions for precision spraying, sensing and automation to enable targeted and therefore reduced use of chemicals.
Read about our work in the agriculture/agritech sector.
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Frequently asked questions
Plastic is generally perceived as a synthetic material that can be easily shaped or molded into objects. The difficulty with the definition is that plasticity - the ability to be molded – is a property, not a substance, and therefore in terms of sustainability the term can be confusing as plastics can be plant -based or chemical, as well as biodegradable or persistent in the environment.
We recommend ironing out your definition of plastic in any plastics reducing/replacing project upfront.
No. If a material is recyclable it can be recovered at the end of its life and converted into a new product, either the same product as before or ‘downcycled’ into a lower value but still usable material. Biodegradable and compostable are often used interchangeably when clearer definition is needed. A biodegradable material will decompose into water, biomass, and gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane. However, the conditions and timeframe for this to happen need to be understood. A compostable material will only decompose under certain temperature and humidity conditions, often only found in industrial composting facilities. A material that is specified to be marine biodegradable will actually break down to benign components in the environment
The circular economy describes a regenerative ecosystem where the production of goods/services is sourced by the outputs of those goods services. In practice this means that goods are reusable, recyclable or returnable to their core source materials so that they can be endlessly formed and reformed into new goods. And that services use natural resources (energy, water, air etc) in a net neutral way so that resources are not depleted.
Greenwashing is a pejorative term for companies describing business activities as being environmentally focused when in fact the claim is dubious. This is a term increasingly used to describe corporates who are seen to be hijacking the environmental agenda to enhance their credentials without doing anything of real substance.
Our consultants, scientists and engineers redefine what’s possible and help R&D groups across the medical, industrial, consumer and food and beverage sectors achieve commercial return from their opportunities.