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Siemens and Carbon Trust team up to launch green finance deal

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The Carbon Trust and Siemens have announced a partnership to provide UK businesses with green equipment finance worth up to £550 million over the next three years.

This new deal is being targeted to boost green growth and unlock business investment in the low carbon economy. The new dedicated low carbon finance scheme will enable UK businesses to invest in cost effective energy efficiency equipment or other low carbon technologies, such as new efficient lighting and biomass heating.

All businesses will be able to apply for new green growth finance from the scheme from 4 April 2011. Under a Heads of Agreement signed between the two parties Siemens Financial Services Ltd. in the UK (SFS UK) will provide the financial backing and manage the provision of funding and the Carbon Trust will assess the carbon, energy and cost savings of any application. This will enable the financing to pay for itself through energy savings.

The Carbon Trust and Siemens Financial Services have also agreed to finance a new commercial venture that will increase the take up of energy efficiency projects. This venture will offer procurement support to businesses wishing to purchase energy efficiency equipment at scale from a network of accredited suppliers and will be launched later this year.



Greening Government Procurement: should you use the Carrot or the Stick?

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I was interested in the Energy Collective blog which contrasted the Coalition encouragement for  green government spending methods with those operated by the US General Services Administration under a new plan, the GreenGov Supply Chain Partnership.

The piece points out that whereas the U.S. GSA approach on the surface appears collaborative and designed to create a robust procurement process, the downside is that progress is likely to be slow. i.e. the "carrot" approach.   

In contrast, the U.K. approach applies more of the "stick".  In both cases, transparency and collaboration are keys to success.  The blog suggests that the GSA approach is somewhat unnecessary and does little more than slow down the inevitable.  The GSA wants  to "design an incentive-based approach to developing contracting advantages". The implication then is, 'OK, do it, just like the British government did.' 

The blog goes on, 'Perhaps the U.K has been at this a while longer, though I doubt it.  Greening of the U.S. government has been in slow motion (almost glacial) progress since President Clinton signed Executive Order 13123 in 1999.  As I recently said, private industry needs to stop procrastinating on green supply chain management or risk losing customers.  Why delay the inevitable so you can get it just right.  Perhaps my message to the GSA and U.S. policy makers is to also stop procrastinating and (as they say in Texas) "git 'er done".'

Or as they say in Whitehall, "These are the rules. Follow them."


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