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SFW wins contract with the Environment Agency
23 September 2014
to deliver a Producer Responsibility System

SFW Ltd is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract to deliver an enterprise solution (known as PRSD) that will automate the management of Producer Responsibility & International Waste Shipments regulations for the Environment Agency (EA).  The PRSD system will consolidate a number of legacy manual systems into one single solution, automate a number of manual processes and reflect recent and forthcoming regulatory changes. The aim of the new system is to give businesses a single portal for entering all their compliance information making it easier for them to comply with regulations whilst reducing their administrative burden.

In addition, the new PRSD solution will be a shared system across the devolved Agencies of Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and will enable the EA to manage the increased customer volume, in line with their growing regulatory remit.

Within the UK, Producer Responsibility is an extension of the “polluter pays” principle, in that it aims to ensure that businesses who place products on the market take responsibility for those products once they have reached the end of their useful life.

The Producer Responsibility Regulations 2007, regulated by the Environment Agency, encourage the minimisation of packaging and packaging waste, incentivise re-use and increase the recovery and recycling of packaging waste, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), batteries and end of life vehicles. The regulations place an obligation on businesses falling within a specified threshold, with the amount each business has to recover determined by the following:
  • The amount of product and therefore waste the business handles
  • The business recovery and recycling targets for the year
  • The activity the business carries out.
  • The new PRSD will service the following regimes:
  • Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – currently reliant on two IT solutions, meaning that customers have to use 2 different IT systems to record information, with substantial manual effort involved. In addition, changes to WEEE legislation from 1st January 2014 are being implemented in a tactical solution, until the new strategic PRSD is in place
  • Batteries and Packaging - currently reliant on a tactical IT solutions, with substantial manual effort involved and additional information being stored in a series of spreadsheets
  • International Waste Shipments – although some functionality exists within the current NPWD solution, a strategic solution that delivers an electronic customer interface is required.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Environment Agency, Paul Wright, Programme Manager within the Environment and Business Division said “This system is all about creating a single view of all EA regulated Producer Responsibility schemes that also automates and streamlines operations, improving customer service, gaining efficiencies and reducing costs. I feel certain that our approach will achieve this and will deliver a significant contribution to the digital transformation of Environment Agency services in line with Government Digital Service standards.”

Speaking on behalf of SFW, Director, Peter Hornsby said “We are delighted to have won this important contract with the Environment Agency to help deliver a modernised, digitised and automated solution to help the EA meet the increased scope and customer volume of its Producer Responsibility regulatory undertakings. This reinforces one of SFW’s core strengths: turning regulatory frameworks and processes into software that truly delivers Customer value.”

SFW will be delivering the PRSD with a fellow SME subcontractor, Solution 7. 

About The Environment Agency
The Environment Agency (the EA) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and resides under the sponsorship of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the National Assembly for Wales (NAW). It is the leading public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It is responsible for regulation of the EU ETS across the UK.
The EA is structured into 7 regions and 21 areas. Further information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk 

About SFW Ltd
SFW is a British SME that delivers Agile Software Application Services to Public and Private sector organisations – helping them transform their services into digital applications, streamline processes, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

SFW’s services span the IT lifecycle including Advisory, Agile Delivery, Application Management and Secure Hosting.  Its approach is underpinned by disciplined development and management methodologies, ITIL-compliant service management and a commitment to quality, the environment and security (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001 accredited).

This ensures SFW delivers service excellence, consistently and securely, to its clients. 
Since inception in 1992, SFW has gained an enviable reputation for helping clients reduce cost, add value and attain real benefits, faster and better. With over 15 years’ successful delivery to the public sector, SFW's quality of performance and desire to provide innovative and useful applications make it the preferred and trusted, long term technology partner for many UK and pan-European government agencies.

For any press-related queries contact Catriona Anderson, marketing@sfwltd.co.uk or call 01483 722219
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