Driving Green Construction Growth
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Ecobuild have become government partners in a bid to attract investment and drive export growth for the green construction industry in the UK.
The UK has the 6th largest green construction sector in the world with 2.9 million jobs, and around 60,000 jobs are expected to be supported by the insulation sector alone by 2015. Construction as a whole contributes almost £90 billion to the economy, which is 6.7% of the total.
This partnership is in support of the government’s Construction 2025, which is a long term strategy to promote the success of the construction sector. This strategy will focus on growth areas of smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.
UK Trade and Investment will bring in senior international buyers from across the sustainable built environment from the USA, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia to meet with the UK’s leading suppliers at the 2014 Ecobuild London event.
The Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment, Nick Baird, said: “With the global construction market forecasted to grow by 70 per cent by 2025, it is UKTI’s mission to pursue high value opportunities for UK green construction companies internationally. We want to showcase the UK industry to as many parts of the world as possible and Ecobuild provides an outstanding opportunity for investors to see all that the UK has to offer in one place.”
Ecobuild is an exhibition that showcases all the best of the eco suppliers and green businesses that operate in the UK, stretching from design, energy and future cities to retrofit, refurbishment and waste materials.
The government’s target of a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to drive carbon out of the building sector is something that all Ecobuild’s exhibitors strive to do.
Alison Jackson, Group Director of Sustainability and Construction at Ecobuild, said: “We are immensely proud to be working in partnership with UKTI to open new business opportunities for international buyers and our exhibitors. As the leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, Ecobuild is the perfect platform to show the world the capabilities of the UK’s green construction sector.”
Eco at Home
If you’re thinking of going eco-friendly in your own home, there are a variety of different projects you could take on, from cavity insulation to the installation of solar panels. It is advised that you get professional help, like that from The Handy People, to make sure that your eco home works perfectly.
Written by Tom Nelson of The Handy People.
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