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Government should focus on green economy

6 September 2012

Commenting on plans to boost growth, including easing the planning rules in England, WWF said today that the Government should focus on the ‘easy wins’ offered by the environmental sector.

The group said that strong Government backing for the Green Deal, the Green Investment Bank and the growing renewable energy sector could provide a significant boost to growth and jobs, but they needed proper support to be truly effective.

A recent Green Alliance report [1] said that whilst the general economy will only return to 2007 levels by 2014 at the earliest, the environmental goods and services sector will have grown by 40% in that same period.

David Norman, director of campaigns at WWF-UK, said: “The Prime Minister talked about the need to ‘kick-start’ the economy today, but the green economy is already motoring. Already nearly a million people are employed in providing low carbon and environmental goods and services in a sector which has grown at 4-5 per cent since 2008 and is expected to continue to grow at around five per cent a year.

“What the environmental sector needs is enthusiastic support from senior ministers. The Government should focus on easy wins such as existing schemes like the Green Deal and the Green Investment Bank, and supporting the growing renewable energy sector.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. Green Alliance: Green economy: a UK success story (30 August 2012): http://www.green-alliance.org.uk/grea_p.aspx?id=6629

For more information:

George Smeeton, Senior Press Officer WWF-UK
Tel: 01483 412 388, Mob: 07917 052 948, email: GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk


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