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Issue 68 - Helping you to help the environment

Welcome once more to greenlight. We have a great selection of environmental and sustainability topics that we hope will be of interest to you, ranging from self-generation of energy to the advisability of making sure your organisation is correctly registered under the Packaging Regulations.

From time to time, greenlight explains environmental terminology and it is intended in future editions to continue this feature. Suggestions for terminology that might be dealt with are always welcome, so if you can think of any topics that might usefully be explained, please get in touch!

Could your organisation generate its own energy?

In order to encourage the development of small scale renewable energy projects, the UK government funds a scheme that pays an allowance to householders, organisations and community groups for every kilowatt-hour of energy produced by renewable sources. This allowance is made even if the energy produced is used by the owner of the building on which the generator (solar cells or wind dynamo) is mounted. Further, any surplus electricity produced can be uploaded onto the national electricity grid, in which case an additional payment is made. As might be expected, the detailed rules are complex, but return on investment in the equipment can, it is claimed, provide a 5% to 7% annual return. As might be further expected, the scheme has attracted big investors, and in February 2011, the government announced changes in the scheme to give greater encouragement to smaller scale projects. Having said this, it may well still be worthwhile to explore the possibilities of using the scheme in your organisation, and one place to start would be the website of the SmartestEnergy company (www.smartestenergy.com).

New waste management regulations

The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 came into force in March 2011. These affect all types of businesses, including those that do not have waste-producing manufacturing lines (offices, for example).

The regulations require businesses to apply a waste management hierarchy when transferring waste, and in particular to include a declaration on their waste transfer note that this has been done.

The hierarchy, with the greatest importance at the top of the list, is as follows:

* Prevention

* Preparing for re-use

* Recycling

* Recovery

* Disposal

Businesses need to work with the hierarchy now, but the obligation to declare this on the waste transfer note does not come into force until October 2011, Full details are available from the NetRegs website www. …

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