Shell Springboard applications close 13 December 2013 - if you are a UK SME with a viable low-carbon business idea, you could win a slice of the £330,000 up for grabs in 2014. Since 2005 the programme has awarded over £2.5 million to 71 small businesses on a no strings attached basis, helping companies make their technological innovations a reality.
Previous winners have gone on to achieve remarkable things - from Vantage Power, the dynamic duo greening London's red buses with their hybrid retrofit engines, to Cella Energy, the university spin-out winning million dollar deals with NASA and expanding into America. Just last month, Cella Energy received a further £600,000 government funding for a pioneering project to extend the range of electric vehicles with their hydrogen fuel cells. LCSW member Esoterix made it to the regional finals of the competition last year.
To follow in the footsteps of these cutting-edge, low-carbon technology businesses, please visit www.shellspringboard.org before 5pm on Friday 13 December 2013.
The Design Programme is offering free support to businesses to help them identify opportunities to reduce their environmental impact and costs.
EDECON is a European funded programme which aims to raise environmental awareness in SME companies which are in some way associated with the construction industry.
EDECON will help businesses integrate environmental factors into the design of their products and services and help them reduce their environmental impact, identify potential cost savings, prepare for stringent legislation and meet customers' environmental requirements.
EDECON is free and provides a company-wide "Health & Wealth" check, guidance on resource efficiency, compliance with environmental legislation and improving environmental credentials. The EDECON advisers can also work on a bespoke solution where the company has identified a specific issue it would like to address.
If you'd like to find out more about EDECON, talk to Wendy Carmichael at The Design Programme on 01305 265524 or
A SITA UK-led consortium has signed a contract worth £760 million with West London Waste Authority (WLWA) for the treatment and disposal of residual waste in the area, it has been announced.
Starting in January 2014, the 25-year contract, worth £1.4 billion over its duration, will see SITA UK treat an estimated 300,000 tonnes of household waste a year from the 1.6 million residents of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, and Richmond-upon-Thames.
The consortium, which includes Scottish Widows Investment Partners and the ITOCHU Corporation, was named preferred bidder for the contract in April, and will take control of two rail-linked waste transfer stations at Transport Avenue and Victoria Road in West London as part of the deal.
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has invested around £20 million in SITA UK's Severnside Energy Recovery Centre, which will receive residual waste from WLWA transported by rail.
Over 25 companies working in the construction industry came to an event run by Low Carbon South West at the Guild Hub in Bath to discover what opportunities lie for them in the retrofit market with the roll out of government incentives such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Delegates heard from Bath and North East Somerset Council who stand commited to ensuring that local businesses get their share of the market, and introduced their tool for doing so - which is known as the Energy@Home Scheme.
This is an initative that BaNES are working on with CSE (Centre for Sustainable Energy) and they are encouraging suppliers of renewable and retrofit technologies to take advantage of the scheme including those providing:
Home energy assessments
Cavity wall insulation
Solid wall insulation
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) obliges Energy companies to pay for energy efficiency improvements in low income households. The problem with the government support to date is that it is difficult for small and micro businesses to access the available support. Due to time constraints, know-how and lack understanding of how the scheme works, many local firms are losing out on the opportunity. Meanwhile, the funding is easily accessed by large national companies who have the people, time and resources to apply for large grants to take on mass projects.
In a bid to counteract this, CSE is now able to act as a go-between and access the ECO funding from the Energy Companies to then pay it out to local contractors who have completed eligible work. To be a part of this scheme installers are required to be Green Deal accredited and to have PAS2030 if applicable. Installers will then be included on a list of eligible suppliers that are given to the potential customer, and it is then up to the customer to obtain quotes and decide which installer to go with. Anyone interested in joining as an approved installer should see the CSE website.
In addition Jon Smart from RegenSW talked about the Ready for Retrofit programme and the funding that is available to pay for training for installers. Darran Marks from the City of Bath college encouraged installers to consider using the Green Skills Academy to train - and the Academy's willingness to offer bespoke training solutions for companies who find it difficult to commit to their standard courses. Jason Gilbard from Kingspan talked about the benefits of Internal Wall Insulation, sharing some performance interesting figures with the group.
International environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy ENVIRON has appointed UK Managing Principal, Niall Smiddy, to its global board.
The board works with ENVIRON's CEO Steve Washburn and COO Tom Vetrano to provide strategic direction for the business. Smiddy's term will run for three years and is one of six positions elected by ENVIRON's 140 Principals worldwide.
Niall Smiddy, UK Managing Principal of ENVIRON, said: "Outside the U.S., the UK is ENVIRON's largest business unit so this is an important time to be involved in shaping the company's future direction and helping position it for further international growth."
An international consultancy, ENVIRON works with clients to help resolve their most demanding environmental and human health issues. Clients around the world benefit from its unique ability to bring clarity to issues at the intersection of science, business and policy. The firm's interdisciplinary network of more than 1,000 consultants operates from over 89 offices in 19 countries.
ENVIRON has been operating in the UK for over 21 years and has more than 150 practitioners offering the following services from offices in London, Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, Maidstone and Manchester:
• Air quality management • Climate change and energy management • Contaminated land assessment and remediation • Ecological services • Environmental compliance and management systems • Environmental due diligence • Environmental planning and EIA • Health and safety services • Product safety and regulatory compliance • Sustainability services • Waste management • Water and wastewater management • WEEE, RoHS and EcoDesign