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The next step on Our Road to Tomorrow: SYNETIQ gain Silver Carbon Literacy accreditation

SYNETIQ, the UK’s leading integrated vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling business, has become the first in its sector to become a Silver Carbon Literate Organisation. The accreditation further underlines SYNETIQ’s commitment to embedding sustainability across its operations.


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The business has been collaborating closely with the Carbon Literacy Project since November 2020 as part of its Our Road to Tomorrow sustainability roadmap, which it hopes will drive a more sustainable future for motoring.

After receiving a Bronze accreditation in June, SYNETIQ has doubled down its efforts to engage more of its colleagues and the wider automotive industry in sustainability education through Carbon Literacy training.

The silver accreditation sees the organisation join 13 other Silver accredited organisations including Auto Trader, ITV Studios and Manchester City Council.

By sharing its sustainability journey, SYNETIQ has created a ripple effect for the wider industry and beyond. In November 2021 CEO Tom Rumboll spoke at the Yorkshire Post Climate Change Summit to discuss how SYNETIQ has created a climate-conscious culture and how The Carbon Literacy Project’s Carbon Literacy training has helped educate and empower its colleagues to make lasting environmental change.

Since May 2021, SYNETIQ has delivered 19 Carbon Literacy training sessions, including five sessions during the Carbon Literacy Action Day which took place on 1st November.

183 colleagues across the business have undergone training, having pledged to reduce their carbon footprints.

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Anna Reade

Commenting on the silver accreditation, Anna Reade, Client Relationship Manager and one of five Carbon Literacy trainers at SYNETIQ said:

“We are so proud to achieve silver accreditation. While we help our clients to reduce their emissions through the sale and reuse of green parts, minimising our own internal carbon footprint is crucial to our sustainability goals too.

The actions of individuals can and do make a difference. A deeper awareness of climate change is a valuable tool to help everybody reduce their carbon footprint.”

Carbon Literacy Training is an accredited training course, recognised by the United Nations at COP21 where it was chosen as one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs. Through the training, learners gain an awareness of the impact of their everyday activities on the climate, and a greater understanding and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.



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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.