Sugar and sweetener company Tate and Lyle has announced a link with the government’s Envirowise programme to help suppliers to its London sugar refinery improve their environmental performance.

Envirowise is a government-funded programme which provides free advice to UK industries to help them improve their efficiency and competitiveness while also reducing their environmental impact.

Following the success of earlier projects with the retail sector, Envirowise is now launching a supply chain partnership forum in the food and drink sector. Tate and Lyle is one of five large companies in the industry recruited to take part in the scheme. These companies are inviting their suppliers to take part in the project and to benefit from access to free support and advice to improve their “green credentials”.

Suppliers who sign up to the partnership programme will receive a series of free training workshops, run by industry specialists, on waste management and packaging, energy and water minimisation, environmental management systems and environmental legislation. In addition to this, suppliers will be offered a confidential, on-site waste review conducted by an independent advisor selected from Envirowise’s panel of experts. A business specific action plan will identify how to improve efficiency and how to estimate the potential environmental and cost savings that can be made through taking on these initiatives.

“At Tate & Lyle, we are very excited to facilitate the ever-broadening outreach of Envirowise’s initiative. Good environmental management is integral to good overall management of our business and we are committed to this in all our operations”, said Michael Grier, corporate social responsibility manager at Tate and Lyle. “Through our partnership with Envirowise we want to give our suppliers the opportunity to minimise their own environmental footprint and achieve long-term gains in profitability through the cost savings.”