Founder and Director of the consulting business Zero Waste City, Rémi provides engineering consulting services to large commercial and industrial facilities on waste management, energy efficiency, and packaging design.
He has gained a strong experience as a consultant covering a wide range of industries and technologies in New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore.
He is a certified TRUE Advisor (Total Resource Use Efficiency) by the U.S. Green Building Council Inc. This certification recognised his knowledge in Zero Waste programs and his ability to support businesses to achieve the TRUE Zero Waste certification.
There are two main reasons why companies would contact me: reduce waste or make their packaging more sustainable.
In the first case of waste reduction, either to reduce costs or to be more sustainable business, I would ask them three questions:
Based on the answers, I can estimate the potential cost savings and make suitable recommendations on the immediate next steps.
When willing to improve packaging to make it more sustainable, I would ask:
Based on the above, we can determine the next steps to get the best outcome for the business.
As part of its engagements in the Zero Waste Masterplan, Singapore will enforce a series of new regulations in the coming 5 years:
Those new regulations are exciting opportunities for businesses to achieve substantial cost savings and for Singapore to build a more sustainable and liveable environment.
Yes, and sometimes, we are even talking about making money out of the trash! The amount of cost-savings depends on the type of waste and the industry. As a rule of thumb, it can easily reach about 60% of the annual cost of general waste collection.
The easier it is the separate the major waste streams (plastic, fibre, organic, metal, glass), the more money the business is likely to save.
In Singapore, the number one challenge is land scarcity. This applies to businesses as well. Utilities (water, energy, and waste) usually represent 10% of the footprint of a facility and anything that can be done to minimise it will be preferred.
Fortunately, Singapore strongly support the local industries in adopting best practices and funding is available for companies willing to implement new technologies to reduce waste, this includes the 3R Fund.
The Mandatory Packaging Reporting (MPR) is the prequel to the Extended Producer Responsibility on packaging. An Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a framework in which producers are given a significant responsibility – financial and/or physical – for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products.
Prior to the implementation of the EPR on packaging (expected in 2025), companies are required to comply with the MPR which will be fully enforced in 2021. Under the MPR, companies will have to report the amount of packaging introduced to Singapore and provide a plan to improve packaging, the 3R Plan. The earlier and the better companies improve their packaging, the cheaper it will be for them in the near future.
In 2019, I did two interventions at the ACS International School. As a result of these interventions, and thanks to the leadership of the educational and management teams, the school has implemented several opportunities to improve the use of resources, which include:
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