Food surplus redistribution and waste prevention

The final reports for the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement and the Courtauld Commitment 3 summarise the financial and environmental savings achieved. Many of the signatories are continuing to build on this work with us under the Courtauld Commitment 2025 and they are aiming to reduce food and drink waste by 20% by 2025. Where food surpluses cannot be avoided

Written on 30th January 2017Elin Pheasant
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Carbon Trust Increases Total Project Costs for Green Business Fund

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Support for small and medium-sized businesses in England, Scotland and Wales, offering an opportunity assessment, equipment procurement support, and a financial contribution towards energy saving equipment. The Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund is intended to help small and medium-sized companies in Great Britain with a financial contribution towards energy saving initiatives. The Fund is expected to help between 1,000 and

Written on 30th January 2017Elin Pheasant
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Funding Available through Leeds City Region Skills Service

Businesses that are based within the Leeds City Region may apply for a grant that will help to improve their employee skill set. Funding is available to businesses that are able to contribute towards their required training solutions through the Leeds City Region Skills Service. The grants, worth between £500 and £50,000, are designed to act as an incentive for

Written on 23rd January 2017Elin Pheasant
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Environmental rules & regulations update

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We hosted an Environmental Rules and Regulations Update in November in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network and with support from Investors in the Environment, to help businesses to stay up to date with their legal responsibilities for managing environmental issues. Our three expert speakers were Noy Trounson from DLA Piper UK LLP, Jenny Lawson from Enterprise Europe Network and Becky

Written on 11th January 2017Elin Pheasant
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Water market reform

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From April 2017, all non-household (NHH) customers (i.e. businesses, charitable organisations and public sector organisations) at eligible premises in England – some 1.2 million customers – will be able to switch their supplier of water and sewerage retail services. Retail services include meter reading, billing and handling customer queries and complaints Background to non-household retail competition Currently, only very heavy

Written on 11th January 2017Elin Pheasant
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Business in the Community Opens 2017 Responsible Business Awards

These Awards seek to recognise private sector businesses in the UK that have shown innovation, creativity and sustained commitment to corporate responsibility. Entry deadline: 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017. The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards are open to all private sector organisations that have a commercial presence in the UK. The Awards recognise businesses that have shown

Written on 12th December 2016Elin Pheasant
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Have you say on EU chemicals rules

The European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is currently being reviewed.  This “2017 REACH REFIT evaluation” will examine to what extent REACH is fit for purpose. The evaluation will look into what works well and what does not work well, and will investigate why. It will identify needs for adjustment and propose recommendations to improve

Written on 12th December 2016Elin Pheasant
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Support for bio-based businesses

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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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Biomethane as transport fuel

The Lodge, Leeming Bar, Yorkshire, 24th November, 9:30am–1:30pm This workshop, hosted by BioVale, considers the opportunities, risks and practicalities around the use of biomethane for transport in the light of possible changes to the Renewable Fuel Transport Obligations (RTFO).  For more details and to register for this free event, please click here. 

Written on 31st October 2016Elin Pheasant
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Shell Springboard Awards 2017

The annual Shell Springboard awards are open for entries between 26 September and 28 October, 2016. Part of Shell’s global initiatives to support entrepreneurs with bright ideas for a lower-carbon future, the programme is seeking applications from UK businesses with commercially viable solutions to reduce carbon emissions. One national winner will receive £150,000 and a further five regional winners will

Written on 5th October 2016Elin Pheasant
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ECO Stars: another good idea from Yorkshire

Commercial vehicles that operate regularly in West Yorkshire can now benefit from free advice and support to help them improve their fleets’ operational and environmental performance. ECO Stars, the fleet recognition scheme, first developed in South Yorkshire, has been adopted by the five local authorities of West Yorkshire. HGV, van, bus and coach fleets are already benefitting from the free

Written on 16th September 2016Elin Pheasant
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Chamber expects a 65% lighting cost reduction

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With a recent change from standard fluorescent lighting to LED lighting, the Chamber expects lighting cost reductions of 65%. Watch the video here.

Written on 7th September 2016Elin Pheasant
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Investors in the Environment

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From 1st September 2016 the operation of Investors in the Environment (iiE) Yorkshire and Humber region has been taken over by The Green Business Network. The Green Business Network is an Environmental Consultancy based in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. Their parent company, Pennine-Pack Ltd, was the first businesses accredited to iiE in Yorkshire. From the start we have believed iiE to be

Written on 7th September 2016Elin Pheasant
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The Green Business Fund

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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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Would your business stay afloat?

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In 2015, Yorkshire was hit by the wettest December in a century after Storm Desmond and Eva brought more than a month’s rain to the area in the space of a few days. The Rivers Aire and Wharfe were over a metre higher than any previous records, and in many areas of Leeds city centre, the river Aire spilled into

Written on 26th August 2016Elin Pheasant
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Speakers’ slides available for download

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our expert speakers for sharing their knowledge and experience with Eco Fair delegates. The speakers’ slides from most of the Eco Fair 2016 seminars are available to download via the Eco Fair website.

Written on 19th August 2016Elin Pheasant
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Environmental Rules & Regs

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Our popular annual ‘Environmental Rules & Regulations Update’ event will be held from 10:00 to 13:30 on Wednesday 23rd November at the Carriageworks in Leeds. Come along to hear about changes to European and UK environmental regulations and find out what your business needs to do to comply. You’ll also hear about how recent developments as regards Europe might affect environmental

Written on 19th August 2016Elin Pheasant
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Business Unusual 2016

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We will be attending the Business in the Community environment sustainability conference sponsored by Yorkshire Water on the 12th May (09:00-15:30 at Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds). Be inspired by the different ways companies use innovation to drive their business towards a sustainable future, including M&S, Tesla, 3M, Mud Jeans and Unilever. From a radical rethink, to implementing a fresh idea, hear

Written on 28th April 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

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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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Innovative Preserve range launched

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Local social enterprises, Re-considered and Grow Bradford have launched a new community venture based upon preserving surplus fruit and vegetables thanks to funding from Defra, through a scheme administered by WRAP. They are working with Bradford Council’s ‘Markets Service’ to capture surplus produce from St James Wholesale Market alongside local growers and other businesses.  Quite often this produce cannot be

Written on 2nd February 2016Elin Pheasant
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Research on rapeseed oil

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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?

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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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Eco Fair 15th June 2016

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We are pleased to announce that Eco Fair will return to the Centenary Pavilion at Elland Road, Leeds on the 15th June. Further information including details of this year’s seminar programme can be found at www.eco-fair.co.uk. Please click here to add the date to your diary.

Written on 19th January 2016Elin Pheasant
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ESOS compliance

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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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Future events

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We are in the process of planning future Eco Network events, including our annual Eco Fair which will take place in Leeds on the 15th June. 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 share and would be willing to present your achievements as a

Written on 13th October 2015Elin Pheasant
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Thank you delegates and speakers

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Our recent environmental regulations update event was well attended with very positive delegate feedback. Thank you to all those of you who attended this event and also to our expert speakers: John Mooney from Pennine Pack; Daniel Relton from Wallis Cutts Group; and Jenny Lawson from Enterprise Europe Network.  

Written on 13th October 2015Elin Pheasant
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Our next event is now fully booked

Environmental training and events

Our popular Environmental Regulations Update event takes place on the 23rd September in Leeds. This event is now fully booked.

Written on 22nd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Electricity Market Reform

The UK faces very rapid closure of existing capacity as older, more polluting plants go offline, whilst UK electricity demand is expected to grow with our economy and as heat and transport systems are increasingly electrified. Attracting the investment to transform the UK’s electricity infrastructure will stimulate the economy, support the growth of UK supply chains and boost the jobs

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Consultations seeking your views

Defra wants to know whether you think that the revised code of practice gives clear and practical guidance on fulfilling your legal duty of care obligations? Add your views and comments on the revised Duty of Care Code of Practice, before noon on the 21st September. The European Commission is also seeking views on environmental information about pollutants and waste especially in metals and waste industry before

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Case study: Smarter food waste reduction

Foodservice company Sodexo UK & Ireland took part in a trial evaluating the use of manual monitoring and smart meters at six of its sites. This case study summarises the methods used, results and findings. The results show that monitoring food waste led to savings of £25,000 per annum. Click here to read this case study from WRAP.

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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The potential employment benefits of a circular economy

On the current development path the circular economy has the potential to create over 200,000 gross jobs and reduce unemployment by about 54,000 by 2030 in the UK. It could also offset around seven per cent of the expected decline in skilled employment to the year 2022. A more rapid development of circular economy activity could create around half a

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Carbon Reduction Commitment Phase 2: Qualification & Registration

Qualification for CRC is assessed at the group level, not at the individual company or organisation level. Your organisation or group qualifies for CRC phase 2 if, between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013, it had at least one settled half hourly electricity meter (sHHM) and used 6,000 megawatt hours (MWh) or more of qualifying electricity supplied through settled half hourly meters.

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Research and innovation funding via the Bio-based Industries Initiative

The Bio-based Industries Initiative (BBI) is a €3.7 billion Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC). BioVale can represent small companies and help them access the €200m BBI invests each year in research, innovation, demonstration and flagship projects as well as giving them preview of calls before they are published and access to large companies active in relevant

Written on 3rd September 2015Elin Pheasant
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RISE Awards for research and innovation in the built environment

      Hosted by the Leeds Sustainability Institute at Leeds Beckett University, the RISE Awards showcase and celebrate the most innovative and forward thinking industry and academic/industry partnered sustainability research and initiatives in the built environment across four key strands; Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise. With a broad spectrum of projects represented, these awards will seek to recognise and

Written on 1st September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Do you need help updating your EMS or developing a new one?

Did you know that ISO14001 is changing soon?  In-line with other ISO standards including ISO9001, 14001 is being revised, with the new version due to be published in the Autumn. The changes will mean a greater emphasis on several areas, in particular leadership and ‘risk’. If you need help either implementing a new system, or upgrading your existing one, the

Written on 1st September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Lighting replacement at Lindapter International

After an initial trial in a recent office canteen refurbishment, Lindapter international (in line with their EHS goals & objectives which are set annually) has begun phasing the replacement of standard tube ceiling lighting to LED panels using 1200 x 600mm and 600 x 600mm units. Coupled with motion sensors and intelligent switching options, the expected results look promising. The initial installation

Written on 1st September 2015Elin Pheasant
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Where can I find out about environmental regulations?

Please visit Gov.uk for up to date information on environmental regulations. However, here are some direct links to regulations we are often asked about: The EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) – this includes a common definition of waste and 5 steps for dealing with waste  ranked according to environmental impact – the ‘waste hierarchy’. The Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme The Carbon Reduction Commitment

Written on 26th August 2015Elin Pheasant
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Mandatory carrier bag charges in England

From the 5th October 2015 if you’re a large retailer the minimum price you must charge is 5p for most single-use plastic carrier bags. If you’re a small or medium-sized business (with less than 250 employees) you don’t have to charge, but you’re free to do so voluntarily. If you’re already charging 5p or more for bags you don’t need

Written on 26th August 2015Elin Pheasant
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Environmental regulations update – 23rd September

Delegates at an Eco Network event

This popular annual environmental regulations update will be held on the 23rd September at the Carriageworks in Leeds. Come along to hear out about changes to European and UK environmental regulations and find out what your business needs to do to comply. You’ll also hear about what’s coming over the horizon from Europe and find out about the key lessons

Written on 17th August 2015Elin Pheasant
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What do all the acronyms mean?

The most confusing thing about any field can be getting to grips with those dreaded TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) and new terminology. Here is a list that (we hope) will help the perplexed. Google each topic if you want to explore the area further. AD – Anerobic Digestion. A method for treating organic waste without air to generate compost and

Written on 28th July 2015NetworkUser
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Can you help me to write an environmental policy?

Often businesses don’t have an environmental policy. When they are asked by a customer or supplier for a copy it’s a bit of a shock. If this is you – don’t panic! An environmental policy for the average small business should be quite simple. It should set our your goals and show what you are doing to go greener. You

Written on 28th July 2015NetworkUser
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Is there any funding for environmental projects?

We do our best to keep this list up to date – if you spot something we should add (or remove), please let us know. Building Improvements: look into the Green Deal Developing an EMS: look at the support available through the Business Growth Service Renewable Energy: look at the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Feed In Tariff (FIT) Growing

Written on 28th July 2015NetworkUser
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Environmental Rules & Regulations

Delegates at an Eco Network event

We are currently planning a half day briefing event in partnership with Enterprise Europe Network to help you stay up to date with environmental rules and regulations. Please let us know if there are any specific areas of legislation you would like to find out more about. Full details including information on how to book your place at this event will

Written on 28th July 2015Elin Pheasant
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ECO FAIR presentations

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all of our expert speakers for giving their time so freely to share their expertise and experience at ECO FAIR 2015. The presentation slides used by all of our expert speakers are now available for you to download (please click here). We would also like to thank all those delegates

Written on 28th July 2015Elin Pheasant
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Directory of environmental products & services

Attending ECO FAIR give you an opportunity to talk to suppliers informally to find out how they could help your organisations to cut costs and make the most of your resources.

We often get asked “Do you know a company that provides solar panels / LED lighting / biomass boilers / recycling services / compliance advice?” If you attended this year’s ECO FAIR you will have had the opportunity to talk to suppliers and find out how their products or services could help you to cut costs and make the most

Written on 28th July 2015Elin Pheasant
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Our new website

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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 info@eco-network.org.uk.

Written on 28th July 2015NetworkUser
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