Environmental Transformation Fund

The Environmental Transformation Fund (ETF) is the UK’s financial commitment to tackling climate change within the UK and developing countries. 

There are two parts to the Fund, managed separately, to reflect the different challenges of its international and national elements.  The UK element of the ETF was formally launched in April 2008, its focus being to accelerate development of new low carbon energy and energy efficient technologies in the UK. The fund is administered by DECC (which was created from parts of both BIS and Defra).

The international element of the ETF is managed jointly by Defra and DfID.

The ETF has 4 main aims:

  • To reduce carbon emissions, or have the potential to reduce carbon emissions in the longer term, through the use of technology.
  • To accelerate development and deployment of low-carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies.
  • To contribute to building of UK skills and capacity in the demonstration and deployment of low carbon technologies,
  • To ensure coherent delivery of DECC funding and other related publicly funded bodies

WRAP and the ETF

WRAP, with support from the Carbon Trust, is delivering the Anaerobic Digestion Demonstration Programme, designed to help the UK deliver an increase in the generation of renewable energy, a reduction in the waste sent to landfill and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  The programme will fund between three and six Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in England which between them will meet the five key aims of the programme which are:

  • Maximising the cost effective production of biogas;
  • Maximising the environmental benefits from the use of anaerobic digestion and its products;
  • Maximising the potential of anaerobic digestion to reduce the carbon footprint of the food supply chain;
  • Maximising the opportunity for the injection of biomethane into the gas grid; and
  • Maximising the potential of anaerobic digestion to reduce the carbon footprint of water treatment infrastructure.