Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012
27 March 2012
UK Trade & Investment showcases sustainable manufacturing firms to international audience
The event brings together over 100 UK companies offering sustainable manufacturing technologies with representatives from China, India and Russia interested in reducing their energy consumption.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change is hosting related clean energy events over the next week to help promote the UK as the place to invest in low-carbon energy and to demonstrate the benefits of investing in a low-carbon future. The UK is also hosting a Clean Energy Ministerial, scheduled to take place from 25-26 April, where low carbon issues will be discussed amongst UK and overseas representatives.
The Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said:
“The world is on the cusp of a clean energy revolution. In every industry, across every sector the UK is demonstrating world-class capabilities in energy and resource efficiency. The world wants to learn from UK technology and know-how. The Government’s vision is for the UK to be at the heart of the global low carbon economy leading green technologies and innovative thinking. Events such as UK Trade & Investment’s Clean and Energy Efficient Production Conference will further strengthen the UK’s reputation as a global leader in this field.”
Speaking at Clean and Energy Efficient Production Conference, BIS Minister, Norman Lamb, added:
“The UK is recognised globally for our innovative capability in clean and energy efficient production. In 2011 the UK came in third, behind the US and China, in a ranking of clean tech innovation. Since 1990, the UK has reduced its emissions by 3 per cent and currently recycles half its waste. Energy efficiency is a key focus for the UK Government and plays a significant role in contributing to the UK economy. As countries like China, India and Russia look to further reduce their energy consumption the UK is well positioned to lead the global transition to a low carbon economy.”
UK Trade & Investment CEO, Nick Baird said:
“UK Trade & Investment is driving export-led low carbon growth. Events such as today’s Clean and Energy Efficient Production Conference will expose more UK companies to the profitable opportunities overseas. As low carbon business opportunities for firms look set to grow, I particularly want to encourage innovative UK SMEs to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in overseas markets. UK Trade & Investment commercial officers from China, India and Russia plus Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong and Poland will be on hand at today’s conference ready to offer expert advice to help companies export their technology to these markets.”
Overseas representatives attending the Clean and Energy Efficient Production Conference have specific interests in sustainable manufacturing e.g. energy efficiency, cleaner production technology, waste management and water treatment. The full day’s programme will include keynote speeches, roundtable business-to-business meetings between international representatives and UK suppliers and introductory sessions on overseas market opportunities.
Low carbon goods and services is worth $5 trillion and employs 28 million people. It is growing by 4% each year, faster than developed world GDP, and will accelerate. The UK market is the sixth largest in the world. It is worth £117 billion and employs over 914,000 people and is expected to show a steady increase in growth to almost 6 per cent by 2016/17.
The Clean and Energy Efficient Production Conference is hosted by UK Trade & Investment in collaboration with IfM Cambridge University and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability.
Notes to editors
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit or telephone +44 (0)207 215 8000. For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at .
Low Carbon Key facts:
The UK market is the sixth largest in the world demonstrating world class strengths across all sectors of the economy, from sustainable design and manufacturing to marine energy and carbon management. It is worth £117 billion and employs over 914,000 people and is expected to show a steady increase in growth to almost 6 per cent by 2016/17.
The figures show the fastest growing areas are carbon finance (7.9% growth) and wind power generation (6.5%). The UK solar power market also grew almost 6% last year and is now worth £1bn a year.
The UK is developing and demonstrating the latest in marine energy technology through wave and tidal energy devices at WaveHub in South West England and at the European Marine Energy Centre off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
UK has world class financial and professional services, and specialist consultancy in carbon measurement and management. UK leads the world in assessing carbon footprints and strategic advice on removing carbon from an entire supply chain;
UK hosts market-leading designers, developers and manufacturers of engines and related technologies, e.g. it is well placed to develop the low carbon engines of the future given 25-30% of European engine production is based in the UK;