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Call for balanced Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

The Environmental Industries Commission has called on the upcoming Low Carbon Industrial Strategy to be wide-ranging in order to enable the UK to gain a competitive advantage in the green sector.

The Government is expected to unveil its strategy later in July after consulting in recent months on the topic.

EIA founder Adrian Wilkes said if Government focuses too narrowly on climate change it could put the UK at a competitive disadvantage.

Mr Wilkes estimates around half of the $3 trillion annual global environmental market place comprises traditional environmental industries such as waste management, air and water pollution control and land remediation, while the other half deals with renewables, low carbon technologies & services.

“There is no doubt that climate change is top of the political agenda but there is a danger that other opportunities can be overlooked if too great an emphasis is placed there,” said Mr Wilkes.

“For example, China is likely to spend billions in the coming years on alleviating the pollution of its rivers.”