The UK government today announced a UK£7.8m (euros 11.5m) funding programme for research into sustainable technologies. It is the first time an official British funding programme has taken sustainable technology as its core objective, and will cover a wide range of industrial, manufacturing and technological sectors. Industry minister John Battle said the three-year initiative would "develop new processes, new products, and new ways of doing business". Projects will look at ways to use resources more efficiently and create less waste and pollution. Possible topics include developing methods to reduce the environmentally hazardous by-products of industrial solvent use and dry machining techniques in engineering. Particular emphasis will be given to eco-product design, a ministry spokesperson said. The programme is likely to support existing industry-led initiatives in the chemicals and engineering sectors, she continued. Consideration will also be given to aims associated with the concept of sustainability such as job security and fairness in the workplace, as well as how to change attitudes regarding sustainable development practices. The programme will be linked with a number of EU funding schemes, such as the structural funds and the LIFE programme.
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