UK Business Briefs: PRNs, SMEs, software, carbon asset management and sustainability

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, trading in packaging recycling notes (PRNs); the launch of new hydraulic modelling software; verification of carbon management and accounting; and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are offered advice on sustainable development.


With just under five months to go to the end of the current compliance year, trading on the PRN market provider, Environment Exchange (t2e), has exceeded the whole of the previous year to the end of January 2002. At the close of business on Friday 6 September, the total tonnage traded on t2e amounted to over 203,600 tonnes – already 10% more than all of last year.

InfoWorks v4.5, from Wallingford Software, is a new hydraulic modelling programme composed of three modules: InfoWorks WS for water supply, InfoWorks CS for wastewater, sewers and storm water, and InfoWorks RS for river systems. InfoWorks is the world’s only integrated modelling package that spans the separate disciplines of water supply, distribution, collection and river systems, says Wallingford.

Carbon management company Greenergy has announced the appointment of accountants KPMG as verifiers for Greenergy’s bespoke carbon management and accounting system. The system is being used in the first instance to calculate customers’ emission reductions delivered by new biodiesel blended fuel, GlobalDiesel, but can also be used to establish standards and evaluate emission across a range of products and services, says the company.

And finally, SMEs need to realise that sustainable development is not just an issue for large companies, say insolvency and corporate recovery specialists Begbies Traynor. SMEs that are run on sustainable principles are frequently more profitable and more efficiently administered than their counterparts that do not implement the sensible, cost-saving measures that come hand-in-hand with sustainable development, says a London partner in the organisation. Tips include switching off computers and lights at night, and using recycled products.

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