Part of Invest Northern Ireland’s COVID-19 Recovery Webinar Series.

More and more businesses are aiming to put sustainability at the heart of the rebuilding and recovery process – an ambition that has real benefits from both a cost and carbon footprint perspective.

In this webinar, Rachel Sankannawar, Invest NI’s Energy and Resource Efficiency Manager, Elaine Kerr, Director for International Synergies NI Ltd, and Darren Smillie, Business Engagement Specialist, Waste Resource Action Programme (WRAP), will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of waste reduction and physical resource matching in the food sector.

You can submit questions when you register.


  • Introduction to Invest NI Energy & Resource Efficiency support
  • Achieving more from your physical resources through resource matching
  • How to develop a waste reduction roadmap
  • Q&A


Rachel Sankannawar, Energy and Resource Efficiency Manager, Invest NI

Rachel and her team deliver business solutions to help Northern Ireland companies increase their productivity and competitiveness through cost savings, carbon reduction and waste minimisation.



Elaine Kerr, Director for International Synergies NI Ltd

Elaine Kerr has been an integral part of the development and continuity of Invest NI’s Resource Matching Service since 2007. In that time, she has contributed to achieving economic benefits of £45.6m, reducing harmful CO2 emissions by 379,602t and diverting over 400,511 tonnes of reusable material from disposal. Elaine is an active member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and an accredited WasteSmart Trainer.

Darren Smillie, Business Engagment Specialist, WRAP

Darren works in the Business Engagement Team supporting food businesses across the supply chain to ‘Target, Measure & Act’ on food waste through the UK’s Food Waste Reduction Roadmap. Previously, Darren worked for IGD helping companies collaborate, through sharing assets and information, and leading strategic research.

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