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Europe must back environmental technology

The Environmental Industries Commission has told European leaders that action must be taken to promote low energy and low carbon technology in the face of the global economic downturn.

Adrian Wilkes, Executive Chairman of EIC, presented an action plan of six key points at a major conference in Brussels hosted by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barrosso.

The Environmental Commission's Six Point Plan for the European Union
1)Set down a comprehensive strategy for promoting environmental technology
2)Develop long-term regulatory targets to support investment and innovation and ensure these are not watered down by industry lobbying.
3)Establish support policies such as using public procurement to create ‘lead markets’ to help environmental technologies scale up
4)Support Member States to provide tax incentives for companies purchasing environmental technologies
5)Make it simpler for companies to access EU research and development funding
6)Help companies looking to increase exports
He said: “The EU’s environmental industries can become a new engine of growth that can create millions jobs.

'However, a sea change in political attitudes is vital to ensure immediate action by the European Union to steer future investment (both public and private) away from financial speculation and into green technologies.

“Europe has only a small window of opportunity if European industry is not to be left behind in the international race to dominate international environmental markets.

“Investing in the talent of the EU environmental technology industry is vital if we are to avoid climate change and ecological crises that would make today’s financial crisis seem like a tea party.”

The EIC report titled ‘A Growth Plan for Europe's Environmental Industry: Policy Recommendations for Promoting Europe's Environmental Technology and Services Industry (ETS)’ sets out six recommendations.

Members of EIC includes Buro Happold, Arup, Atkins, BRE, Hanson Support Services, the Combined Heat and Power Association, Faber Maunsell, Sabien Technology, the Renewable Energy Association, air conditioning specialist Nuaire and fuel cell producer Ceres Power.