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Environment Protection

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the international competitiveness of the UK's environmental industries. (256467)

According to data from a forthcoming, independent report by Innovas, commissioned by BERR, the global market value of the Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services (LCEGS) sector is £3,046 billion, the UK (LCEGS) market (combined home market and export) accounts for 3.5 per cent. of this at £107 billion. UK exports of (LCEGS) are currently at only £10.5 billion or just around 10 per cent. of the UK market value, and there is a real opportunity for the UK to increase its global market share.

The UK market is well positioned to develop and gain comparative advantage in key areas of the environmental supply chain, such as Water and Wastewater Treatment, through exporting to developing nations looking to upgrade their current infrastructure.

Analysis shows that there are significant opportunities for the UK to export its goods and services across all areas of the (LCEGS) sector.

An analysis of the competitive advantages of the UK environmental goods and services (EGS) industry is set out in the UKTI publication entitled “The UK—a world leader in environmental solutions” (URN 08/558). Examples of the advantages differentiating the UK from our main competitors in the international EGS sector include leading the way in environmental improvements through progress in the waste management and water sectors, setting standards in professional services such as world class environmental consultancies, and investing in innovative approaches.