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News round-up 25/6

EPRC posts positive figures; GIB announces SME loan scheme; Chartered Environmentalist of the Year; Funding for Celtic Renewables.

European Recovered Paper Council posts ‘positive’ figures

Paper recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, according to figures from the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC).

The organisation said that most of the 11 European countries currently still under a 60% recycling rate have reported an improved performance. 13 European countries have already exceeded the targeted of 70% recycling rate. Paper fibre is now recycled an average of 3.5 times in Europe, far exceeding the world-wide average of 2.4.

ERPC chairwoman Beatrice Klose said: “Making recycling easy and simple year after year requires a huge effort by the paper value chain, and we are pleased to report the positive results. Despite challenging circumstances, paper recycling has continued to perform consistently well”

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GIB announces SME loan scheme

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) and its fund manager Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) have announced £1m of funding to help SMEs to make investments in energy efficiency. This is matched by £1m from SI Capital R&S1.

The £2m announced will be invested into ReEnergise Finance Ltd’s Smart Energy Finance vehicle, which has been set up to provide loans, primarily to SMEs, for energy efficiency projects. Initial loans are in progress for biomass and lighting projects for a variety of organisations including a garden centre and a training provider.

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Chartered Environmentalist of the Year named

Professor Martin Bigg has been named Chartered Environmentalist of the Year by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).

Bigg is professor of Environmental technology at the University of the West of England and led the Bristol Green Capital team that won Bristol’s bid to become ‘Green Capital of Europe 2015’, beating off rival bids from Brussels, Glasgow and Ljubljana.

SocEnv president Tony Juniper said: “Martin is a great example of a Chartered Environmentalist making significant things happen locally; he has helped put the City of Bristol on the world map by winning the title of European Green Capital for 2015.”

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Celtic Renewals gets funding for biofuel trials

Scottish biofuel company Celtic Renewables has signed a deal with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Belgium to test its process to turn whisky by-products into biofuel for vehicles after receiving a second round funding worth €1.5million, including more than €1million from the UK Government.

Celtic Renewables, a company spun from the Biofuel Research Centre at Edinburgh Napier University, has already proved the concept of producing biobutanol from draff and will spend the next few months seeking to replicate work done in its laboratory on an industrial scale.

Professor Martin Tangney, founder and president of Celtic Renewables said: “Our ambition to grow a sustainable international industry from Scotland requires strong partnerships and we are delighted to be working with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, to help us complete the next crucial stage in our development.”

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