"Sources of Further Assistance"
Sources of Further Assistance BEP The Business Environment Partnership offer free services to business to help them improve their environmental performance. For further details please see www.thebep.org.uk. Changeworks Changeworks offer practical energy efficiency and waste and recycling advice to households and small businesses, please see - www.changeworks.org.uk. Loan Action Scotland Interest Free Loans from £5,000 to £100,000 are available to implement a wide range energy saving measures from Loan Action Scotland (LAS). This includes building and pipe insulation, lighting, heating, heat recovery systems and temperature controls. The loan is payable back over a maximum period of 4 years. Successful application is based upon the predicted energy savings that will be achieved. The minimum annual energy savings must be higher than £1,250, but to achieve this reduction it is possible to combine the savings from a number of different energy savings or between different sites. Funds obtained through the loan cannot be obtained retrospectively, i.e. not after work has been started. In addition, the loan will not be available if the equipment or improvement is not an energy saving type. Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA) The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme enables businesses to claim 100% first year capital allowances on investments in energy saving technologies and products. Businesses are able to write off the whole cost of their investment against their taxable profits of the period during which they make the investment. The list of products on which ECA is available is extensive and includes lights, light fittings, heating equipment, motors and refrigeration equipment. Enhanced Capital Allowance can now also be used to gain 100 per cent first-year allowances for cars with low CO2 emissions. Further details are available on the ECA website. For further details please refer to http://www.eca.gov.uk/homepage.asp. Midlothian Council Business Development Programme For certain improvements that aim to improve environmental standards and require purchase of additional plant or machinery there may be assistance to the company from Midlothian Council. Discretionary grants are available for businesses through the scheme. For further details contact Gail Beattie, Economic Development Unit, Midlothian Council on 0131 271 3432. Low Carbon Building Programme The DTI’s low carbon buildings programme is a grant available to public, not for profit and commercial organizations to fund the installation of a range of microgeneration technologies including solar photovoltaics, wind turbines and bio-energy. Further details are available on http://www.lowcarbonbuildings.org.uk/home. E-On Source Fund An grant available to local community groups and not for profit organisations for projects that result in the creation of renewable energy and/or a reduction in the amount of energy. Further details can be found on the website www.eon-uk.com/about/2689.aspx.