DEFRA dishes out more monetary support for green
Over £90 million is to be
dished out to fund green business support services, Ben Bradshaw
Minister for Local Environmental Quality confirmed in December.
The funding comes from Defra’s
Business Resource Efficiency and Waste program which recycles
revenue generated through increases in Landfill Tax.
This package, the second year’s
worth of funding under the program, will see an additional £95
million invested in organizations that can help businesses cut
waste, shift waste from landfill and improve their efficiency.
The money will fund a range of
free services and targeted support for businesses of all sizes
and sector: from large quoted companies to smaller enterprises.
Ben Bradshaw said, “Waste
is about more than recycling - it links into the big issues about
how much this country is producing and consuming. Although we
all want to continue to enjoy the benefits of a modern society,
the impacts of our everyday consumption patterns on the environment
remain severe. The inefficient use of resources can also affect
business competitiveness - including small businesses. Many businesses
simply do not realize that they can expect to save around 5% of
their turnover by cutting waste, often with little or no investment.
The money has been split between
11 organizations and programs:
Carbon Trust will receive £25m
to help organizations respond to climate change and cut their
Envirowise will be given £19m
to help businesses cut waste, water and energy use and to run
waste efficiency clubs.
The Environment Agency will
be given over £4m to tackle waste crime and improve the
small business environmental legislation portal NetRegs.
The National Industrial Symbiosis
Program will receive £6m to help businesses find value
in wastes they normally sent to landfill.
The Strategic Supply Chain
Group will receive £237,000 to promote sustainable procurement
through supply chains.
The Waste and Resources Action
Program will be getting over £9m for a range of projects
including an SME waste collection pilots, market development
for business wastes, capital support for recycling infrastructure
and business development in the recycling sector.
The Market Transformation Program
will receive £3.3m to fund further work to address product
design and relating environmental impacts.
DTI will receive £8m
to fund collaborative research and development on commercial
and industrial waste issues.
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts
will receive £2m to administer a fund for community groups
who have special expertise in helping businesses to become more
Regional Development Agencies
have been awarded nearly £12m to fund co-coordinating
BREW work and funding extra regional initiatives.
A further £2.1m will be
invested into improving the quality of data on waste as part of
a Defra initiative.
In 2005/6 BREW allocated £43m
to business support. This enabled, among other things: the national
role out of the National Industrial Symbiosis Program; Envirowise
to target several more sectors of business with free environmental
advice; WRAP to expand their market creation work to include recycled
plasterboard, tires and batteries; and, the funding of 18 new
research and development projects looking at waste management
and waste minimization.