§ Mr. Matthew Taylor
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if it is his policy that refrigeration systems that avoid the use of fluorocarbons are best practice and eligible for inclusion in his Department's best practice or DEMOS programme.1243W
§ Mr. Ian Taylor
DEMOS—DTI's environmental management options scheme—is no longer open to applications for grant assistance.
The joint DTI/DoE environmental technology best practice programme aims to promote better environmental performance and to increase the competitiveness of United Kingdom industry and commerce. Emphasis will be on waste minimisation and reducing pollution at source in the manufacturing process. In the selection of projects for inclusion in the programme, preference is given to those lying within the areas to which the programme is currently giving special attention.
These areas are currently foundries, metal finishing/surface engineering and releases of volatile organic compounds. However, any project encompassing the use of cleaner technology can be considered for inclusion in the programme if it has sufficient merit and satisfies the announced selection criteria, including those relating to potential for stimulating national cost savings.
Those wishing to propose technologies and techniques to the programme should in the first instance contact the environmental helpline on 0800 585794.