Welcome to the home page of the Business Environmental Training Initiative (BETI). BETI is an exciting new project that will enable small to medium sized businesses in Bedfordshire to access high quality environmental awareness training. Through this site you can find out about the BETI project as well as the whole range of other projects than can support businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact and increase profits, competitiveness and efficiency. Under Other Local Projects, you can find out about the whole range of local support, including the Bedfordshire Green Business Network and business Waste Exchange.
The News pages will help keep you up to date with what is going on locally including new projects, events and the business threats and opportunities that you need to be aware of. We hope you will book mark this site so that you can keep an eye on what is happening locally over the coming months! The Contact Us link includes links with other national programmes and sources of support and information as well as the BETI project team.
Please visit the Case Studies area to find out more about the benefits of involvement with local projects from businesses who are already involved. Under Sustainable Business, you will also find the Bedfordshire EcoDirectory. This provides information and links to local suppliers of environmental goods and services and can be used to help you source (amongst other things!) recycling, energy and waste services. The rest of the BETI part of this site can be viewed under the BETI link at the top of this page or by following the Next page link at the bottom of each page. The quality of the Partnership behind this project, in conjunction with the monies received from the European Social Fund, shows how important this project is to local businesses. This importance is due to. The Environment is increasingly a competitive issue for business: European legislation aimed at protecting the world for our children and grandchildren will mean that companies will either Green or Bust. Even if you believe that the Environment is only an issue for larger companies, supply chain pressures will ensure that, eventually, each tier will need to demonstrate sound environmental management systems. On a more positive tone, however, this also means that, in the shorter term, companies embracing environmental management will have an advantage over those that do not.
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The Partnership is supporting BETI because this is good for the local Economy. Reducing Waste Saves Money & the Environment: Waste is everywhere but if you re running a business, it s money down the drain to you. Reducing waste means saving money. It s the single most effective way of improving competitiveness, raising your bottom line and laying the foundations for long-term success. Reducing waste also means less pollution, cleaner air, conserving resources, and protecting the world around us. The Partnership is supporting BETI because this is good for the future. Staff Training Boosts Motivation & Success: BETI will help all staff from shop floor to manager take responsibility for environmental impacts within your business. However, some staff may say to you that they haven t studied since school and didn t enjoy it much then!
But don t worry, BETI is grown up learning and will show staff that learning can be flexible, informal and worthwhile. It will help staff to overcome their own individual barriers to learning maybe even encouraging them to explore further opportunities. Your support will show your staff how much you value them, hopefully increasing efficiency, effectiveness, motivation and retention levels. Individually, training has been shown to improve job satisfaction, morale, internal job mobility and confidence.
The Partnership is supporting BETI to help you make your team more effective. BETI builds on the success of a demonstration project piloted by the BETI Partnership last year. It is a limited opportunity - only open to 80 companies within the county. We know that BETI will not be right for everyone. We also know that not everyone will be right for BETI. There is no charge to access BETI - but there is a cost. Your time is the most valuable commodity you have. And, while we will ask you to commit at least 20 hours to BETI, we hope you will later agree that your investment has paid dividends to you. Please feel free to assess the information on this web site. If you would then like to find out more about how BETI can help your business, the environment and your staff, please Contact Us so that we can discuss whether this is the right opportunity for you. next ©2004 - Beds & Luton Sustainable Business Partnership. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer Business Environmental Training Initiative
'Social enterprise and the environment' event June 25, 2016
FREE Training - how will climate change affect your community? June 25, 2016
Greener Living Fund launch - first pictures June 25, 2016
Greener Living Programme launched June 23, 2016
The third sector gave us the welfare state, can it give us the sustainable state? June 22, 2016
UK Climate Projections launched (significant!) June 18, 2016
Funding Central launched June 17, 2016
Third Sector Climate Change Declaration June 15, 2016
Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises June 7, 2016
The sun is inexhaustible. It will never run out meaning free energy for you forever Film June 5, 2016
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Solar PV Cost/Savings example
This example is based on a 50kwp system with 30 degree pitch in Swindon with no grid upgrades and straight forward access. (2010)
System size: 50 kW
System cost: £75,000 +VAT
Income from FiT: £225,822 (assuming 3% RPI increase on 15.2p/kWh tariff)
Energy Savings: £106,142 (assuming unit cost = 11p/kWh)
Export Tariff Income: £15,469 (assuming inflation of 5%)
Total Profit (exc. install cost): £272,433
Benefits of Solar PV systems
Solar can help farmers reduce energy costs and generate income at the same time. A solar PV installation can substantially reduce energy costs, especially for farms running power-hungry equipment during daylight hours. Through the feed-in-tariff you can expect a return on investment of around 8% for a 25 year period, plus the savings on your electricity costs.
As a Solar PV specialist and accredited installer since 2004, we can help expedite planning applications and complete fit outs on permitted developments quickly and efficiently.
The difficulty of engaging with people has meant that Bryony isn’t sure how accurately they’re sticking to their pledges. “I’m hoping that the new scheme where you can make your own pledges will improve things” she says. “It’s a good move for this audience where people are probably already doing some of the standard pledges”.
The renewable energy industry in Wales is providing the potential for new Wood Energy Businesses to be established by entrepreneurial individuals or co-operatives. www.woodenergybusiness.co.uk A Wood Energy Business will need: 1. A guaranteed, local supply of wood or processed wood fuel 2.
The Government has set targets for the number of UK households that will have installed solar panels to their home. Contrary to popular believe the UK has over 65% of the radiation that Spain receives which is more than enough to guarantee a the function of a Solar PV system. With the Government's feed-in tariff in place that allows an income to be produced from installing solar energy the number of homes that rely soley on solar power is set to rise.