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Support for bio-based businesses

bio-based business

The University of York has been awarded £1.79m to support the growth of Yorkshire businesses that deliver products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is providing the funding to help establish the region as an internationally recognised leader in this fast-growing bioeconomy sector. The production of renewable biological resources and their conversion

Written on 12th December 2016Elin Pheasant
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The Green Business Fund


The Carbon Trust has launched a new fund providing vital capital for smaller businesses to replace old, power-guzzling equipment, together with expert advice to boost the efficiency and productivity of businesses across England, Scotland and Wales. The £7m fund has been made available to SMEs on a first come-first served basis, and will offer energy saving training, cost saving assessments,

Written on 26th August 2016Elin Pheasant
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UK energy policy

Minister for Energy + Climate Change visits Leeds

On the 5th April the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce assembled a small group of local businesses to meet with Andrea Leadsom MP, the Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change to discuss the impact of energy policy on UK business. This meeting was hosted by aql in Leeds and sectors represented included energy,

Written on 8th April 2016Elin Pheasant
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Bradford Property Forum Discuss Flood Resilience

BPF - March 2016

The floods of December 2015 have hit some local business hard and an initial assessment of the long term damage to the regional economy suggests that the economic impact could be as much as £365m. Our Environment Adviser, Elin Pheasant, attended a Bradford Property Forum meeting this morning to find out more from expert speakers from Bradford Council and Arup

Written on 15th March 2016Elin Pheasant
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Research on rapeseed oil

Seeds-and-oil-resized-for-web - BDC

New research explores high-value applications for rapeseed oil Led by Velcourt, a collaboration of researchers and plant breeders are working to establish the commercial feasibility of a new type of oilseed rape (OSR) that could provide a greener alternative to the mineral-based oils currently used industrially.  It is estimated that 50% of all lubricants sold world-wide end up in the

Written on 2nd February 2016Elin Pheasant
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Can we help you?

eco network training

We are planning several events including our annual Eco Fair. We host this major event and other smaller events thought the year, to help businesses like yours keep up to date with environmental news, best practice and opportunities. Please contact us to let us know what topics you’d like to see included in our events programme. If you have a story to

Written on 19th January 2016Elin Pheasant
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ESOS compliance


The deadline for qualifying businesses to comply with the requirements of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme is the 5th December 2015. What to do if you’re not compliant by 5 December 2015 You must inform the Environment Agency by 5 December 2015 if you cannot submit a notification of compliance. Explain why you’ve missed the compliance deadline and when you

Written on 13th October 2015Elin Pheasant
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Our new website


We are in the process of populating our new website to make accessing information about our environmental service easier for all our members and businesses in general. Please bear with us while we do this. If you are looking for some specific information please feel free to email us at

Written on 28th July 2015NetworkUser
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