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Get sussed on sustainability: making the environment our business


Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

Jacqueline Gibson

International Synergies is the go-to for organisation which wants to make the transition to being green, low carbon, impactful and above all else resilient in our changing climate.

We hear a lot of talk about the green growth, clean technologies, environmental social governance (ESG), a low carbon economy and balancing profit with purpose, but the reality is that people simply either don’t know what to do or lack the resources and tools to become sustainable.

The solution
With small sustainable actions, steering business leaders toward a clear green vision for the future and providing understanding of the impact they can truly make (without hindering their current operations), we are seeing businesses thrive. We are supporting them in their journey along the way.

A call for action
It really is the way businesses must go, and we cannot wait for another energy crisis, changes in policy, green leadership or reliance on industry to provide the necessary tools to make the change. We are the change and every person in an organisation must take responsibility for the role they play in any given business, to ensure a fair, thriving and sustainable future for our planet and the generations who come after us.

Our impact over 10 years
- Delivered cost savings of over £35m
- Generated over £24m additional sales
- Created 120 jobs
- Reduced over 500,000 Tonnes of CO2
- Diverted over 600,000 tonnes of waste from landfill

Exciting projects
International Synergies has a host of exciting projects from collection of face masks that go into PVC window manufacturing and working with fish factories to scope out the feasibility of substituting concrete mixes with crushed shells.

The potential
We see global market trends centred on more environmentally friendly materials, products and an overall commitment to the climate change agenda right across the supply chain, so this is a real call for action for all our businesses to get on board the green journey. International Synergies is aligned with government strategy as NI launches its first Circularity Gap report.

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Sustainability strategy
The organisation rolled out a green growth program in 2021 with local authorities and business in the region, developing a bespoke sustainability strategy and action plan across seven sustainability themes: leadership, biodiversity, carbon, wate, water, procurement, and transport.

“This strategy is a powerful tool,” one client says. “We will use this to educate our board and staff on what sustainability is and is a real working document that has flagged up so many quick wins and actions that will be easy to make with a positive outcome”.

Jacqueline Gibson, director, International Synergies, says: “Many businesses want to do the right thing, save money, retain and attract new customers, ensure a steady supply of their raw materials and ultimately do so with the least damage to our natural world; everything that being a sustainable business encapsulates.

“We are finding they just don’t know where to start when it comes to making the transition to a low carbon economy. Many lack the right people in post, knowledge and support to make transformational change to ensure business practices are sustainable, both socially and environmentally.”

Let us do the work
If you would like one of our sustainability advisors to conduct a free site visit (either in person or virtually), get in touch. This is fully funded through Invest NI and provides you with cost savings, introductions to new markets for waste leaving your site and supplies coming in and gets your team on board on the green journey. The firm is also an expert in sustainability strategy development, ESG, compressed air, waste legislation and offer carbon literacy training.

By helping companies reduce their overall carbon footprint and in turn address the climate crisis, they are saving on costs and meeting green market demands. It really is a win win.