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Innovator finalist

A Yorkshire-based innovator has been listed as a finalist in a global search as part of a business’s project to improve sustainability.

Halifax-based Envirowater have been successful in the project by Cummins known as the Environmental Gateway.

Envirowater submitted their ingenious idea after Cummins, the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, called on innovators of all sizes to come forward with sustainable innovations to help Cummins achieve their Environmental targets in the UK.

The Cummins Environmental Gateway, launched in partnership with Marcela Navarro, CEO of Business Cubed (formerly responsible for the successful launch and deployment of the RBS Innovation Gateway), is looking for green and innovative suppliers to positively impact Cummins 2020 Environmental targets whilst promoting supplier inclusion.

The project team, led by Denis Ford, Corporate Indirect Purchasing Leader EMEA, NE/SE Asia & South Pacific at Cummins, is delighted with the quality of the finalists.

Denis comments: “We have been very impressed with the quality of the innovations received and even more with the potential for environmental impact and savings. Envirowater should be very proud to be a finalist in the Cummins Environmental Gateway”.

Envirowater is the business behind the Free Flow Valve. They offer water free solutions for businesses wishing to drastically reduce water consumption and save money by converting standard urinals to water free. It’s completely chemical free, easy-to-clean, simple to fit with no on-going maintenance. There’s no smell, bacteria or blockages.

Tony Pegg, MD at Envirowater explains: “Our Free Flow Valve is like no other in the market. We can convert bathrooms to become water free quickly and easily. Even if you are already saving water, our solution allows you to switch to 100% water free. It is chemical free and reduces bad odours and blockages. It is a worthy innovation not just due to environmental factors and cost savings. It also revolutionises the men’s bathroom experience.”

Tony continued: “We are delighted to be finalists in the Cummins Environmental Gateway. It is great to be recognised by a prestigious engineering firm like Cummins for our innovative product. It is making such a difference to the environment and helping to save water one urinal at a time.”

Envirowater was one of more than 100 companies from across the globe that submitted an innovation to the Cummins Environmental Gateway when Cummins UK launched the programme back in August 2016.

Envirowater’s idea will be presented on March 2, to a high calibre panel from Cummins who will decide which innovations will have the opportunity to be implemented, and if successful, scaled up, on Cummins sites in the UK.

Tony Pegg, MD at Envirowater notes: “Projects like the Cummins Environmental Gateway provide a great opportunity for innovations to gain recognition and credibility on a national and international scale, accelerating our opportunities to access markets and scale.

“This project with Cummins would help Envirowater to further test, analyse and measure the environmental impact that the Free Flow Valve will have on water saving across the UK and beyond.”

Finalists like Envirowater, if successful, will have the opportunity to test their innovations in Cummins sites in the UK.

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