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2.Project on PVC-free blood bags
The environmental problem specifically addressed by this project is the lack of incentives among blood bag manufacturers to create PVC-free blood bags. The first objective of the PVCFreeBloodBag project is to demonstrate that public healthcare organisations and private plastics manufacturers can co-operate in removing barriers to a PVC-free blood bag. This innovative policy approach is a response to the EU’s REACH Regulation. If the innovative PVC-free blood bags prove to be too expensive for general use, they will be proposed for use by vulnerable groups. These include pregnant women, premature babies and people with chronic disease. The biggest use of blood bags is for haemodialysis. In the EU there are some 150 000 people that depend on frequent dialysis.
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3. First ever global standard to measure food waste
A new international framework has been launched that aims to empower businesses, governments, and other organisations to measure, report on and manage food loss and waste.
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4. UKTI: matchmaking misson on solid waste management in Brazil
Call for applications for the EU-financed matchmaking mission on solid waste management is now open until Sunday 7th of August. This mission will select small and medium-sized enterprises of the 28 EU Member States and Brazil. The mission is being organised by Low Carbon Brazil Action (LCBA) in coordination with Sebrae, CNI and ABRELPE, and it will take place in São Paulo during October 3-7 at FIMAI Ecomondo International Trade. For more information and to apply click here
5. Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment invites applications
The Circular Economy Investment Fund aims to improve the scale, range and depth of resource efficiency work in Scotland, across all business and social economy sectors. Small and medium-sized enterprises are eligible to apply, as are registered third sector organisations such as charities, community groups and foundations. Collaborations between two or more organisations in encouraged in cases where this will positively impact the project proposal.
This scheme is administered by Zero Waste Scotland. Funding is comprised of support from Scottish Government policy areas and Scottish Government European Regional Development Funds. There are two funding strands to this scheme. The first funding strand is for applications receiving funding worth between £20,000 and £99,000. The second funding strand is for higher value applications receiving funding worth between £100,000 and £1 million.
Applications will be judged according to the extent to which the proposed project fits in terms of eligibility, suitability, key priorities and budget availability. Applications from the following industry areas will be given priority: the bio economy, built environment and energy infrastructure. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the fund closes on 31 December 2018.
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