Environmental technology scheme makes slow progress

The Government's Environmental Technology Innovation Scheme (ETIS) is failing to live up to expectations. It is now well into its third year, but only just over one-third of its initial three-year budget has been committed, and just 5% of applicants have been awarded grants.

ETIS was launched in October 1990 to support the development of improved pollution abatement technology and cleaner manufacturing processes and products. The scheme is run jointly by the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

The scheme's initial budget for three years was £12 million. At the launch, officials indicated that they expected about 100 projects to qualify for grant-aid during

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