UK food waste recycler, ReFood, has announced Ronan Keane as the winner of its Sustainable Visionaries student scholarship competition.
Keane, a logistics and supply chain management student from Huddersfield University, was awarded the title and takes home a £5,000 bursary to further progress his studies.
A panel of experts at ReFood took six months to select the winner. They were impressed with Keane’s “industry knowledge, passion and highly creative ideas to integrate sustainability into the food waste recycling logistics process”.
Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood, commented: “With such comprehensive industry understanding, passion for sustainability and a pioneering approach to integrating new ideas into corporate logistics, we’re delighted to announce Ronan as our 2015 Sustainable Visionary. The judging panel was hugely impressed with his initial proposal, ideas and presentation, which demonstrated a completely new approach to sustainable logistics.”
Accepting the award, Keane added: “Taking the title of ReFood’s Sustainable Visionary is an absolute honour. The food waste recycling and anaerobic digestion (AD) sector is going from strength to strength, with sustainable logistics becoming an ever-important part. As a third year degree student, understanding how the logistics sector can embrace sustainability further is something I find really interesting and want to explore further – the key reason I submitted an application to ReFood’s student bursary.”
Over the next twelve months, Keane will work closely with the ReFood team, receiving in-depth industry mentoring from the company’s waste management experts throughout his third year studies. Alongside gaining unparalleled access to the company’s logistics data and processes, ReFood’s dedicated logistics team will be on hand to further assist his wider academic research and professional development.