Wren’s environment team is partnering with expert academics at the University of Hull to accelerate our journey to net zero. The partnership will leverage a unique supply chain carbon mapping tool designed and developed by the university to support Wren in its constant quest to become more sustainable.
Not only do Wren customers have a wide range of kitchen designs and finishes to choose from, they can now choose based on the carbon footprint of each element of their kitchen early in the design stage, making for more sustainable options.
Lee Holmes, Wren Transport and Logistics Director, said: “Wrens is delighted to be partnering with the University of Hull to deliver what we believe is an industry first and will encourage people in other parts of the Humber region to take a holistic approach.”Environmental Impact . We hope that this project will bring thought leadership to the manufacturing sector by looking beyond International Organization for Standardization (ISO) regulations and play a leading role in the industry in establishing and developing a circular economy. doing.
“Our ultimate goal is to fully embed environmental sustainability in-house beyond project closure and provide our customers with a user-friendly footprint calculation for ‘on-pack claims’ in the ordering process for online sales.” and promote customer awareness and informed choice. ”
Wren and the University of Hull have secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) from Innovate UK to fund the two-year project. KTP facilitates rapid access to expertise and knowledge within Hull University Business School. This will also enable Wren to fully embed the university’s environmental sustainability knowledge, know-how and innovation across its operations, and provide the foundation for an in-house sustainability team that will be able to access new environmentally conscious markets around the world. can be built.
Dr. Shaw, a leader in logistics and supply chain management, said: KTP enables Wren to set a baseline for supply chain carbon emissions and enable customers to use this data to drive decisions on improved carbon insertion. ”
As well as understanding operational carbon impact, the project will deliver full transparency into the built environment and lifetime carbon of the kitchen, which is essential to achieving the UK’s net zero targets by 2050. . This is a combination of internal and operational emissions. Dr Sarah Shaw and Dr Linda Wicker from Hull University Business School will work closely with Wren’s senior safety and logistics team on this project.
Linda Wicker, senior lecturer in logistics and supply chain management, said: “The ultimate aim of this project is to go beyond the project and fully embed environmental sustainability within the company to support Wren’s rapid and successful growth trajectory.”The initial focus will be on supply operations. It’s about establishing an accurate carbon baseline, which opens up many opportunities. ”
To ensure that sustainability remains a key driver at Wren, two senior staff members will be studying for a PhD on the subject of sustainability, which aims to incorporate cutting-edge research and knowledge. It further demonstrates the company’s commitment to becoming a forward-thinking and research-driven company.
Trevor Nixon, Head of Retail Safety and Health at Wren, said: “As a PhD student, the KTP collaboration between the wren and the university is a very exciting but rewarding endeavor that I am keen to embrace and lead from the wren perspective.” Not only does it support personal growth and fill Wren knowledge gaps, guide our corporate strategy through experts, but also acts as an enabler for Wren to reach its 2030 net zero carbon target. To do. ”
Emma Calverley, Director of Knowledge Exchange, said: “At the University of Hull, we are excited to share this great news about our ongoing partnership with Wrens. This innovative collaboration is evolving in line with our commitment to environmental sustainability. , we look forward to seeing how it continues to grow as we work with Wrens to take meaningful steps towards a more sustainable world.”