May 262012
 

Last year CLASP offered funding support awards to 7 local authority led projects that were judged to be both innovative and potentially useful to a range of authorities outside the main applicant.

All the outputs from 4 of those projects are now online, and the others will follow shortly.  I’ve attached short summaries of these 4 projects which include links to the full resources.  We hope you’ll find these interesting.  All materials are available for public sector organisations to adapt.  Full links and contact details are in the summaries.

You can find out about all the projects that were selected last year, and download the 2012/13 application information at:  http://www.claspinfo.org/funding

 The summaries attached include:

 Low Carbon & Adaptation Indicators

Sefton Council (on behalf of Liverpool City Region)

Developing a usable set of baseline environmental (low carbon and adaptation) indicators that can provide straightforward, innovative, effective and flexible monitoring and benchmarking at a number of different spatial levels. LCR Indicators Summary

 Renewable Deployment and District Targets

Lancashire County Council (on behalf of Lancashire sub-region)

Taking forward the deployment of renewables, working with each authority to identify renewable energy targets to help inform the preparation of Local Development Plans. Lancs Renewable Deployment Summary

Biomass Heating System Specification Guidance

Cheshire West & Chester Council & Liverpool City Region

Working through Mersey Forest to produce handy guidance on biomass heating systems to assist public sector authorities, specifiers and operators. Biomass Spec Summary

Improving Emissions Inventories and Reporting

Manchester City Council

Developing emission data and analysis tools for carbon performance management across the Greater Manchester authorities.   MCC Emissions Metrics Summary

Mar 252012
 
Strategy Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector Strategy for England’s Northwest
Lifetime 2010 – 2020
Summary The vision for the LCEGS sector in the strategy was :‘In 2020 the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services Sector will be the largest industrial sector in the region and the leading LCEGS sector in theUK. The sector is diverse to support all the requirements of a low carbon economy with segments which are internationally leading, such as nuclear energy and smart grids’.
Aims and objectives There were three main aims to support the vision:- To realise a rate of sector growth of above the national average over the next three years by developing the existing portfolio of capabilities and exploiting emerging market opportunities- To raise the level of innovation activity and increase the rate of successful technology from the regional research base

– To secure targeted private sector investment in support of regional business growth

Six strategic priorities supported the aims:

  1. Strategic leadership
  2. Market development
  3. Innovation support
  4. Investment
  5. International trade
  6. Skills
Lessons learned Extensive consultation with key sector organisations was essential to the development of a robust strategyEnvirolink Northwest, set up by NWDA as the cluster body to support the Northwest’s LCEGS sector, managed a number of NWDA funded projects and programmes. As an organisation they had to re-organise their structure in order to successfully deliver projects and programmes as staff numbers grew.Envirolink Northwest benefited from strong and industry focused leadership both through its Executive Board and Steering Group.
Future outlook The LCEGS sector continues to be a growth sector for the region and UK; support on a regional level continues through Envirolink Northwest.
Links Envirolink Northwest
NW Low Carbon And Environmental Technologies Sector Strategy Full 2010
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Mar 192012
 

 

Project Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre 
Partner University of Manchester
Lifetime 2010 – 2011
Funding NWDA / BIS £8m
The Nuclear AMRC is a national project and £25m (Yorkshire Forward, ERDF and BIS) will be invested in the main research centre at theAdvancedManufacturingParkinRotherham.The Nuclear AMRC has been established to support theUK supply chain gain business in the manufacture of ‘nuclear island’ components for the new generation of nuclear power stations that will be constructed in the UK.  It will:

  • Develop new and spin out near market techniques in specialist component fabrication (welding, machining, inspection and testing etc);
  • Deliver training courses in accreditation and verification requirements for a nuclear supplier; and
  • Deliver skills training in specialist areas such as high integrity welding.

A new purpose build facility will be established in Rotherham and this will be supported by the new laboratory facilities at the University of Manchester.

Outputs 50 businesses assisted
Lessons learned The appointment of a dedicated ‘Business Engagement Manager’ has been essential inManchesterachieving its output targets.
Future outlook The project will continue post NWDA under the management of theUniversityofManchester.
Links Nuclear AMRC
Mar 182012
 
Project Nuclear Decommissioning Supply Chain Support
Partner TWI Ltd
Lifetime 2006 – 2010
Funding NWDA / ERDF £1.3m
The advent of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and consequent restructuring of the supply chains with the introduction of more open competition created a new business environment in nuclear decommissioning; to be successful companies need to innovate and enhance their business development skills. The project supported the nuclear decommissioning sector in the Northwest during a major restructuring starting with the formation of the NDA in 2005.  There were three themes to the project:  specialist business support (especially to Tier 3 SMEs), diversification (new international nuclear markets and outside the nuclear sector), and technology and knowledge transfer (spin out and spin in of technologies to the nuclear decommissioning sector).Outputs were exceeded by applicant particularly around new sales and safeguarded sales.  This project was targeted at Tier 2s and 3s in the nuclear sector and this was achieved.  There was particular focus onWest Cumbriagiven the concentration of activity around Sellafield. Two guides to nuclear market entry and tendering were produced that received excellent feedback from SMEs.  The establishment of the Northwest supply chain web portal that notified companies of tenders and partnering opportunities was also a major acheivement. 
Outputs 360 jobs created / safeguarded and additional sales secured of almost £10m.
Lessons learned Network: The nuclear industry is relational and trust based, not transactional.  TWI built a good reputation as a credible means of both assisting SMEs (with business development) and Tier 1/2 companies (in expanding their supply chain).Embed safety culture throughout the business.

New entrants:  The effort required to enter the nuclear industry should not be underestimated.  Experience in other sectors with similar quality and safety cultures (e.g. oil and gas) will make the transition and ISO 9001 is prerequisite.

Future outlook No further project activity post 2010.
Links TWI Ltd

 

Mar 182012
 
Project Northwest Centre of Excellence for Waste Treatment                         (Huyton Demonstrator) 
Partner Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair, NWDA and Envirolink Northwest
Lifetime 2006 –2009
Funding NWDA / public £13m
The pioneering facility in Huyton, Merseyside was developed by Fairport’s subsidiary, Orchid Environmental Limited and was the first of its kind in theUK. It used a process which converts household and commercial waste into refined renewable biomass fuel products and recovered mixed recyclable materials, and can be used to treat 50,000 tonne a year of mixed municipal waste. This prestigious national pilot project converted non-hazardous household waste to a high quality green fuel using a patented process called Mechanical Heat Treatment (MHT). The process used a low temperature technology known as mechanical heat treatment to convert waste into a renewable biomass fuel. This fuel can then be used as a sustainable alternative to expensive and diminishing reserves of fossil fuels in order to generate power and heat in various types of combustion plants elsewhere.
Outputs 18 jobs created / safeguarded, 1 demonstration project initiated2 new waste technology products developed
Lessons learned The market demand for residual waste treatment is high – given the interest shown and comments given by the large number of visitors over the demonstration period (over 800) and the lack of other residual waste treatment facilities in the Northwest.The timing was ostensibly right for placing this new technology in the market place.The negotiation of and subsequent management of the funding agreements, Design and Build, and Operation and Maintenance contracts and funding claims/payments processes between Defra/NWDA/Envirolink NWDA/MWDA/Fairport and Orchid (capital and revenue)  were complex and challenging.The setting up of the facility even before operation of the process has been at times a rollercoaster – particularly the acquisition of the building (purchase by the MWDA of the freehold on the land and buildings (including negotiating new lease to sitting tenants), installation of gas and electric supply to the site, all contributing to a delayed commencement of 2-3 months.Engineering problems during operations – mostly caused by third parties to Orchid e.g. percentage of textiles in the MWDA waste supplied (16% as compared to original compositional analysis showing 4.6%) which necessitated substantial modifications to the waste shredding equipment; breakdowns in  key sorting and separation equipment (third party supplied) due to defects in manufacture.

The establishment from scratch of an operations team for Orchid’s first waste treatment facility  was rewarding; seeing 34 new jobs created, the vast majority locally, through the invaluable services of the Job Centre Plus.

Future outlook The technology was proved to be successful and is likely to be adopted elsewhere.
Links
Energy From Waste Opportunities 2009
Energy From Waste Opportunities 2009
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