Funds available to improve green credentials

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Businesses in Angus can benefit from new funding opportunities to help them maximise their time, money and expertise and improve their environmental credentials.

Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Scottish Government funded Zero Waste Scotland, has launched an Implementation Grant fund and an SME Loan fund to help businesses overcome barrier to implementing resource efficiency measures.

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and third sector organisations can address time and expertise challenges by employing someone on a short-term basis to undertake a project with a specific focus on energy, water or raw material efficiency or waste prevention, through the Resource Efficient Scotland Implementation grant funding.

Projects could include improving an industrial process to reduce water consumption, managing the installation of a more efficient heating system or collaborating with a group of businesses to reduce waste production.

Businesses can also benefit from loan funding to install biomass boilers, upgrade lighting, insulating or more efficient equipment to reduce raw material use and waste production.

Loan applications must be supported by a qualifying audit report, which can be carried out free by Resource Efficient Scotland. Loans are available from £1,000 to £100,000 and are interest free in most cases. It is estimated that by improving resource efficiency, Scottish businesses could save up to £2.9 billion.

For information or to apply for a SME Loan Fund, go to www.resourceefficientscotland.com/content/interest-free-loans-£1000-£100000-available. To apply for an Implementation Fund, go to www.resourceefficientscotland.com/resource/resource-efficient-scotland-res-implementation-fund-201516