Tom Keighley

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“Greenius” awards calls for green tech ideas

It’s environment focus week on Bdaily, and we are looking at what the low-carbon economy really means for UK SMEs.

Entries are now being accepted for the Government’s £3m “Greenius” award, a competition aimed at driving forward the UK’s green economy.

Organisations can compete for a share of £3m for the development of near-market technologies leading to commercialisation.

The competition focuses on innovation in food, water and energy sustainability, and is jointly funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The competition will be managed by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board.

Solutions could include adapting large scale technologies for smaller factory or community scale; promotion of “closed loop” processes; facilitating consumer control of resources they consume; and ideas that drive down the cost of technology.

There are two stages to the competition. In the first, 25 contracts will be awarded for feasibility studies lasting up to 13 weeks, and in the second phase, the proposed solutions from phase one will be assessed for their suitability and up to six development contracts will be awarded.

The deadline for registration is October 29, and all applications much be received by November 5. Those interested can find more information here.

Here are some other environment focus articles that may be of interest to you: carbon reporting in logistics firms; what are the benefits of electric vehicles?; we talk to a print business about why SMEs need to go green; find out how one innovative business is using ozone as a cleaning tool; what does sustainability really mean to your business?; funding support for green businesses; and a green adaptation case study.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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