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Grant programme encourages growth of AD facilities

Monies raised through landfill tax on Welsh businesses are being pumped back into a Government fund to encourage companies to invest in Anaerobic Digestion facilities.

The Welsh Assembly Government Materials Action Programme (MAP) has launched a second capital grant programme to encourage AD facilities in Wales. It is limited to companies whose AD facilities will be operational in Wales and is being managed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

A WRAP spokeswoman said: Funding from MAP is derived from landfill taxes levied on businesses. Businesses have to pay a certain amount of tax to get their waste taken to landfill. The Welsh Assembly then use the funds raised from taxes to fund MAP and MAP will then support the development of facilities that will divert waste from landfill.

The initial capital support programme launched July 2007 attracted strong interest from companies wanting to develop AD facilities and the second programme hopes to continue the momentum. There are no restrictions on the size of organisation that can apply for funding provided the published criteria are met. Specifically, the application for funding must involve a capital investment to create a new, or expand an existing, AD facility.

WRAP capital grants officer Sarah Burns said: There is great potential for this technology in Wales due to the prevalence of food related industries, from which the waste can be converted into an effective source of energy via anaerobic digestion.

The MAP programme can provide up to 30% towards the capital costs of AD facility. The investment can be used to fund plant and equipment and related infrastructure.

For more information see http://www.wrap.org.uk

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