Sustainability consulting: Helping business drive growth in a green and ethical economy
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. This may range from considering alternatives to non-biodegradable plastics for packaging, to advanced agritech solutions looking to limit the usage of harmful chemicals, to identifying emerging “green chemistries”.
Sagentia Innovation has extensive experience of helping clients define their sustainability strategies, set goals and create action plans and solutions that deliver results. 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
- We understand the different aspects of sustainability, the trade-offs and considerations, and how they match real situations
- We approach sustainability from a science perspective so are objective and evidence-based
- Our team includes 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 place importance on user experience – understanding how the user will interact with a product, incorporating this into design, and enabling the end-user to make sustainable choices
- 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
Sagentia Innovation provides strategic sustainability advice helping companies develop sustainable processes and products and to enable sustainable end-use.
Sustainability strategy development & goal analysis
We help organisations develop sustainability strategies that address the issue holistically. We help them determine threats and opportunities presented by sustainability and to develop strategies that address them.
Enabling sustainable processes
We help organisations optimise their business, manufacturing or production processes to be sustainable in their use of energy, water and other natural resources.
Enabling sustainable products
We help organisations design and develop new, or redevelop existing, products to be more sustainable. This includes identifying substitute materials that are still functional but more sustainable, identifying new chemistries and sourcing/creating natural or plant based alternatives.
Enabling sustainable end-use
We consider how products or services might be used and try to design to promote the desired behaviour from the end-customer, for example, enabling sustainable disposal of the product or reducing the amount of energy/water needed to use the product effectively.
We have undertaken many packaging reduction projects, helping organisations reduce, remove or replace non-sustainable packaging. Crucially, we help identify alternatives that are functional and can be readily disposed of sustainably. We work internationally, speaking more than 30 languages, so can help clients needing to execute in multiple geographies.
Waste reduction and management
We have undertaken numerous projects to help companies create waste reduction plans and strategies. We understand recycling technology and infrastructure, enabling effective and available end of life processes and also technologies that provide the effective use of by-products previously thought of as waste
We provide energy and resource management consulting, helping organisations reduce carbon footprint, use renewable energy sources, reduce energy and water usage, and achieve decarbonisation.
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, production processes, the consumer usage and the end of life.
Read about our work in the consumer 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.
Ensuring a sustainability policy matches best practice
Identifying technologies to stabilise your chemical formulation
Identifying packaging options to meet both functional and sustainability needs
Holistic approaches to removing single use plastics
As we all know, concerns about the environmental impact of single use plastics are at the forefront of consumer consciousness and increasingly business consciousness too. It’s easy to be cynical...VIEW
Food waste upcycling: viable and effective opportunities for success
Technology enabled sustainability in the chemical Industry
Assessing the options for companies setting challenging goals for plastic reduction
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.