Mar 252012
 

 

Strategy Making it Happen – the Sustainable Consumption and Production Action Plan for England’s Northwest 2010-2012
Partners NWDA, Environment Agency, Government Office Northwest and 4NW.
Lifetime Developed during 2009.
Summary Produced by the NWDA, in partnership with 4NW, GONW and the Environment Agency, the plan was developed in consultation with a wide number of partners.  It provided the framework for SCP in the region building on existing activities and identifying new transformational activities for the region.
Aims and objectives The plan set a vision to:Achieve a more productive, resource efficient, low carbon Northwest by 2020 through continuous economic and social progress that makes best use of resources to meet the needs and aspirations of the Northwest for a better quality of life.The vision was to be delivered through 5 outcomes:Transformation of resource use with the region consuming sustainably – especially in terms of food, chemicals, construction and water.Businesses are sustainable and provide resource efficient, low carbon products and services.

Waste, when unavoidably produced, is seen as a valuable resource – a pathway towards zero waste to landfill is established and commercial waste recycling rates have improved

The Northwest’s Low carbon and Environmental Goods and Services sector is providing sustainable consumption and production solutions and the Northwest is the premier hub for waste and recycling technologies.

The public sector is leading the way – transforming its use of resources and purchasing resource efficient, low carbon products and services.

Lessons learned The plan developed was a plan for the region, not NWDA.  The expertise and enthusiasm for this agenda and region were absolutely vital to developing the plan.  The extensive consultation makes the plan still relevant whoever has the capability, funding and desire to deliver it.The paucity of data on resource use at a regional level is a significant barrier to identifying strategic actions to target use.
Future outlook The plan was launched on 23rd February 2010.  In June 2010 it was announced that the RDA would be closing.  This restricted delivery of the new activities, however, most of our business support activity was already underway and contracted. 
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Making It Happen SCP Action Plan 2010
Making It Happen SCP Action Plan 2010
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Mar 182012
 
Project Sustainable Buildings Awareness Raising and Knowledge Transfer Programme (CCAP Education and Training)
Partners Centre for Construction Innovation,UniversityofSalford
Lifetime 2008 –2011
Funding NWDA £250,000
In 2009 the NWDA launched their two year ‘Sustainable Buildings Awareness Raising and Knowledge Transfer Programme’, run by CCI, to help make those involved in the construction process – public and private sector developers, Local Authorities, architects and contractors, aware of the NWDA Sustainable Building Policy along with best practice being delivered in the region supporting the policies objectives. The two year programme, that commenced October 2008, had an overarching aim to raise awareness and transfer knowledge of how to deliver a more sustainable built environment in line with the agency’s policy.
Outputs 1,266 stakeholders formally engaged in the CCAP
Lessons learned Case Studies of best practice are an excellent way of transferring knowledge.Consider how different elements of the project and the order they are undertaken/delivered impact upon each other – positively or negatively. The production of factsheets prior to reviewing the policy meant that the factsheets became out of date and in need of revision.

Make a small charge for attending events, for example £25.00. The 17 awareness raising events were held without charging attendees. Free events typically have a dropout rate of 10%; some of the events were fully booked and it was disappointing to have a number of people not attend. By charging people to attend it would potentially reduce the drop-out rate.

Future outlook The buildings policy continues to operate through the Northwest Operational Programme for ERDF.
Links Centre for Construction InnovationSustainable Building Best Practice in the NW

NW Construction And Demolition Waste Survey 2007
NW Construction And Demolition Waste Survey 2007
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Mar 182012
 
Project Grant for Improving Your Resource Efficiency (CCAP Demonstration)
Partners NWDA Business Finance and ENWORKS
Lifetime 2009 – 2011
Funding NWDA / ERDF / private £1.3m
This pilot project was launched as an initiative to encourage and support Northwest SMEs to invest in carbon reducing technologies through the provision of grant funding. It was designed to enable businesses to invest in more experimental or less well proven carbon reducing technologies as well as more mainstream capital equipment. Support could be provided to an SME as long as the company was not eligible for, or had been unable to secure full support from the Carbon Trust interest free Loan scheme (which initially had a loan limit of £500k but this was reduced in 2010 to £100k), or renewable energy incentives such as Feed In Tariffs. In addition the cost per tonne of CO2 saved was set at a maximum of £500, additionality had to be demonstrated, and there had to be a future reduction in CO2emissions by the business.Delivery of the project was managed by the Business Finance Team. Importantly, delivery throughout the region was carried out in conjunction with two key networks – ENWORKS and Business Link Northwest’s Environment Connect Service. Both organisations shared the objective of encouraging businesses to become more sustainable. In the case of ENWORKS the grant was one of a number of tools which ENWORKS and its own delivery partners, including the Groundwork Trusts, could offer to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint.
Outputs £690,000 public and private sector investment leveragedOther outputs included 95,000 tonnes of CO2 saved, and 10 businesses assisted to improve their performance
Lessons learned The project was heavily reliant on referrals from business support products such as ENWORKS. However it took time to fully communicate the criteria which resulted in a lag in take up until the later parts of the programme. Where there were individuals within a Trust who saw the benefit of the scheme and became advocates, this translated opportunities into applications.For any future project, with such long timescales it would be better to build in an additional verification stage at least 12 months after the grant has been paid to check on progress, together with a clear verification process.
Future outlook The grant is closed for applications.
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Improving Your Resource Efficiency Business Support
Improving Your Resource Efficiency Business Support
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Mar 182012
 
Project Swan Lane Excellence Park
Partners Armstrong Properties Ltd
Lifetime December 2010 to December 2014
Funding Private sector – commercially sensitive  
Developed by NWDA, this project is being led by Armstrong Properties Ltd, an SME property developer with a passion for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

The project will offer a regional approach by demonstrating low and zero carbon technologies and reduction in CO2.  It is intended that one of the nine industrial business units will be used as a demonstration centre showcasing the many low and zero carbon technologies utilised within the project.  In addition to these technologies, the demonstration centre will also exhibit low and zero carbon technologies suitable to other commercial developments and for the domestic market, through showcasing to developers the distinct advantages of building in a low and zero carbon way.  Significant reductions in energy costs for tenants will be a new and unique concept to the marketplace that other developers will need to adopt in order to compete.  Tenants will be from all sectors of the economy and be new start ups and existing Northwest businesses who will not only have great competitive advantage but will also have the prestige of locating to the first Northwest zero energy costs business park with all the associated positive marketing that will bring.

The project will work closely with Envirolink Northwest and the Northwest Construction Knowledge Hub to support Northwest sector development through the demonstration unit.

Outputs The project will install 12 applications of low and zero carbon technologies within a new development of nine industrial business units (totalling 2,095 sqm) located atSwan Lane, Hindley Green Industrial Estate,Wigan.  

  • 74 businesses assisted
  • 2,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide saved
Lessons learned State aid restrictions acted as a significant barrier to support more projects of this nature.  The extension to the de minimis limit was absolutely critical in being able to take this project forward.
Future outlook The demonstration of low carbon technologies in a working environment will continue to prove the real application and cost effectiveness of these technologies.
Links Armstrong Properties – press release
Mar 182012
 
Project SMARTER 2
Partners New Economy, Carbon Smart, Fifth Column and Clicks and Links
Lifetime 2011 – 2013
Funding ERDF / partners £1.0 m
SMARTER 2 is managed by New Economy, building on a pilot undertaken in Manchester funded through the Climate Change Action Plan Demonstration funding.  The project approach uses SMARTER Monitors installed within SME businesses as a way of engaging with them on issues around energy efficiency and carbon footprinting.  A combination of behavioural change support will be provided to work with the businesses to help them reduce their carbon foot print including one to one support, business clubs and working towards Carbon Smart awards. Information from the SMARTER Monitors  is collected centrally to gather data on the projects overall impact

The project is regional and is targeted at those businesses too small to be supported through the full ENWORKS programme.   It forms part of a portfolio of activity contributing towards the objectives of the GM Low Carbon Economic Area.

Forecast Outputs 250 businesses assisted

2,520 Tonnes carbon dioxide saved

Lessons learned The SMARTER pilot showed that issuing a SMARTER Monitor to a business was not enough in itself.  Greater levels of support was necessary than that initially envisaged both to install the equipment and then to identify and implement efficiencies.  These lessons have been built into SMARTER 2. 
Future outlook The project will prove valuable in testing one of a range of measures in helping businesses improve their energy efficiency.
Links  New Economy Manchester