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Environment Protection

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) the total funding received from the business resource efficiency and waste programme and other Government sources, (b) the total landfill diverted in tonnes, (c) the total carbon dioxide saved in tonnes, (d) the amount of virgin materials saved in tonnes, (e) the amount of hazardous waste reduced in tonnes and (f) the amount of water saved in tonnes was by (i) the Carbon Trust, (ii) Envirowise, (iii) the National Industrial Symbiosis programme and (iv) WRAP in (A) 2005-06 and (B) 2006-07. (178038)

DEFRA's BREW programme is returning £284 million raised from the landfill tax escalator back to businesses between 2005 and 2008. Work is being taken forward to improve businesses' resource efficiency and to minimise waste that is unnecessarily sent to landfill. Funds are awarded to a number of regional and national BREW delivery bodies. Allocations for 2005 to 2007 are set out in the following table.

£ million

Delivery body

Budget 2005-06

Budget 2006-07

Action Sustainability

0

0.219

Carbon Trust

3

23.382

DEFRA's Waste Data Strategy

0.5

2.1

Environment Agency

2

4.454

Envirowise

12

16.772

Market Transformation Programme

2.65

2.8955

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP)

2.675

5.7

Regional Development Agencies

5

11.71

Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts— Business Reuse Fund

0

2

Technology Strategy Board

2

5.654

WRAP

2.854

6.288

Other (includes coordination, communication, pilot projects, funding for agricultural waste project and programme contingency fund)

0.321

3.24

Total

33

84.415

The BREW programme has also continued to provide funding towards other business resource efficiency and waste activities in England, as shown in the following table:

Delivery body

Activity

2006-07 funding (£ million)

Carbon Trust

Energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction activities

13.618

WRAP

Work with the construction, manufacturing, retail and recycling and reprocessing industries to reduce waste and encourage recycling

4.7

Total

18.318

In 2005-06, the delivery bodies referred to in the question achieved the short-term savings aggregated in the following table. These show the results for £18.5 million of all £33 million of projects funded from the BREW programme.

The results must be viewed with caution, since delivery bodies report according to a range of methodologies. Work is under way to improve consistency of this reporting and to apply reporting more widely. The results are only for BREW-funded activities. Some savings will result from these interventions in future years, which are not counted here.

Metric

In-year result

(1) Waste diverted from landfill

675,000 tonnes

(2) Carbon savings

320,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide

(3) Virgin raw material savings

682,000 tonnes

(4) Hazardous waste savings

120,000 tonnes

(5) Water savings

5,630,000 cubic metres

DEFRA has not yet released individual delivery body results for 2005-06. These include some selected long-term results, which are not included in this table. Similarly, work is currently under way to verify BREW programme results for 2006-07. I will deposit both sets of results in the House Library when they are ready.

In addition to funding from the BREW programme, DEFRA has provided the following funding to the delivery bodies below. NISP has not received any non-BREW funding from DEFRA.

£ million

2005-06

2006-07

Carbon Trust

57.6

41 .644

Envirowise

2.292

2.292

WRAP

67.605

51 .58