Waste Stories 9/5/2016


10th anniversary1.Vacancy for Clinical lead: sustainability with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Applications are invited for the new role of RCP Sustainability Clinical Lead. The College is looking for a fellow (or of equivalent standing) of the RCP with extensive experience of, and enthusiasm for, implementing sustainable healthcare initiatives. The role will be fully supported by the sustainability clinical fellow – a doctor-in-training seconded to the RCP within the National Clinical Director’s Fellowship Programme for one year – and the treasurer Professor Linda Luxon, who would be happy to talk to you about the role.

The deadline for applications is May 27.

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2.UK health alliance on climate change initiative launched

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change was recently launched to support better approaches to tackle climate change that protect and promote public health whilst also reducing the burden on the NHS. The Alliance will lobby the UK government to put the right infrastructre and policies in place to mitigate and adapt to climate change.  It will also work with local and national organisations to improve the resilience of health services.

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3. ERDF funding calls for environment and resource efficiency, and low carbon initiatives in Birmingham and Solihull

Two new Calls have been launched under the European Regional Development Fund strand of the European Structural and Investment Funds for the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area.

Environment and Resource Efficiency Call

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to preserve and protect the environment and promote resource efficiency, specifically the following:

  • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosystem services, including through Natura 2000, and green infrastructure.
  • Promoting innovative technologies to improve environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste sector, water sector and with regard to soil, or to reduce air pollution.

The total available budget is £6.3 million and funding will be awarded for up to three years.

Low Carbon Call

Grants from a minimum of £500,000 are available to support the shift to low carbon economy in all sectors and specifically:

  • Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable resources.
  • Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises.
  • Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector.
  • Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures.
  • Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies.

The total available budget is £5.4 million and funding will be awarded for up to three years.

The application deadline for both Calls is 27 May 2016.

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4. RBS Innovation Gateway – grants for testing resource efficiency innovations

The Innovation Gateway challenge aims to help businesses get their products tested and into a wider market, quickly and successfully. RBS is looking to identify innovative ideas and ‘garage-tested’ green solutions that could also encourage resource efficiency.

RBS, alongside Sainsbury’s, Carillion and BaxterStorey, will provide support to SMEs, entrepreneurs and inventors with pioneering ideas that could potentially address an infrastructure challenge they are facing across their property estates. Businesses, innovators and inventors will have the opportunity to test their ideas for enhancing engagement and cutting consumption of energy, water and waste on these properties.

Successful innovators will get the chance to trial their products with one or more of the Gateway partners. The provider will ask conceptual and garage tested applicants what would be important to take their business forward on the application form. This could be funding, introductions to new corporate customers, access to advice and expertise, etc.

Market-ready innovators that proceed to trial with a Gateway Partner will receive full payment for all equipment, units, survey work etc.

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