Golden green opportunities

Posted on 15 Sep 2009 by The Manufacturer

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has declared green means business and is offering firms free guidance on how they can make money from cleaning up their act.

The UK market for low-carbon products is worth more than £100 billion a year and is expected to grow at five per cent per year. The value of the industry will thus top £150 billion by the year 2015. It is a market driven by consumer sovereignty and ever-increasing legislative demands.
EEF has therefore felt it prudent to develop a programme of green advice and guidance as the latest stage of its ‘Manufacturing. Our Future’ campaign.

It includes:

‘Low Carbon, High Growth’ – a guide to low carbon opportunities which includes an overview of the emerging market and sources of funding for companies

‘Are you Ready?’ – a guide to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) and how it will impact on companies’ business

• A nationwide series of half day seminars in entitled ‘Manufacturing the Green Economy’ on the benefits of proactive environmental management

• Half day senior management workshops to help individual companies identify the challenges and opportunities of the low carbon agenda.

“Increased regulation and growing consumer pressure is forcing companies to up the ante in their approach to the low carbon agenda,” said EEF head of climate and environment policy, Gareth Stace. “This is new ground for some and our expert advice and guidance is designed to smooth the process and take advantage of what will be a substantial market.”

Companies can download guidance and register for the events at