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Saving the planet: University helps businesses to save money and become carbon neutral

A new online sales database aiming to help businesses and public bodies save money and become carbon neutral has been developed with the help of the University of Reading.

@UK PLC's new service, Green Marketplace, is a database housing around three million products which have been ‘green' classified, allowing the carbon footprint of those items to be automatically calculated before being purchased. The product not only allows procurers to identify the carbon footprint of these goods and potentially reduce their impact on the planet, but also allows for significant savings on the e-procurement of goods. One NHS trust is able to identify savings of over £300,000.

The product is a direct result of three linked Knowledge Transfer Projects between the University of Reading's School of Systems Engineering, Goldsmiths, University of London and @UKPLC who are based in Aldermaston.

The University of Reading's Knowledge Transfer Centre matches the expertise of the University's staff and graduates to companies, helping them develop new products and services, as well as boosting their effectiveness, competitiveness and profitability. The Centre is the leading place for developing and managing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in the country with around 50 projects.

Mr Ronald Duncan, Chairman @UK PLC said: "We have been working alongside the KTP team at the University of Reading since 2006, and the resultant algorithms developed are the keystone in the @UK PLC SpendInsight spend analysis system."

Dr Susan Matos, Head of Knowledge Transfer Programmes at the University of Reading, says, "We have a long standing relationship with @UK and were delighted to have played an important role in the development and launch of Green Marketplace. The success of this project highlights the significant expertise that the University can provide when working with industry to provide real-world cutting-edge business."

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or the work of the University's Knowledge Transfer Centre, please contact Susan Matos on +44 (0)118 378 8214 / s.t.matos@reading.ac.uk

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