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Innovation backed in Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland has launched a new fund to encourage new ways of reducing product and packaging waste in supply chains.

The £100,000 fund is open to businesses looking to develop ideas in product, service and packaging design which will impact on waste reduction and to help reduce greenhouse gases.

The call for applicants went out as Zero Waste Scotland announced those projects which had successfully secured over £240,000 of earlier innovation funding.  

These projects include:

  • Celtic Renewables is developing fermentation technology to produce biobutanol, an advanced biofuel which can be used as a sustainable and direct replacement for petrol.  This project will initially focus on the malt whisky industry as a source of feedstock.
  • UWI Technology is testing a smart label for food and drink products which indicates how long since the product was opened.
  • Codbod is creating a cloud-based service to enable businesses to increase competitive advantage by managing environmental data on waste, water, emissions and energy.
  • Albagaia is testing a treatment technology to remove chemicals from spent caustic, reducing overall energy usage and allowing the cleaned caustic to be potentially reused.

UWI Technology, CodBod and Albagaia received funding through the SME Waste Prevention fund while Celtic Renewables has benefited from the Recycling Innovation fund, which remains open for applications until 30 September.   

Forecasts suggest that future innovation and technology developments could be worth an additional £8.4bn to Scotland’s low carbon industries by 2015 and create up to 100,000 jobs.

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