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30 Nov 2010 12:11:02

Low carbon building agenda 'offers SMEs 40 year work programme'

Low carbon building agenda 'offers SMEs 40 year work programme'
Transforming the built environment in accordance with the government's low carbon agenda could create 40 years of work for small businesses, a new report has claimed.

Published by the Innovation and Growth Team (IGT), the study suggests small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK will be presented with a wealth of opportunities from green building programmes, which will act as a "springboard" to 200,000 new firms.

A "quantum change" within the construction industry was said to be needed to reach the 80 percent cut in carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, which was laid out in the Climate Change Act.

The report will now be sent to the government for consideration, before a response to the recommendations is published next year.

Paul Morrell, who led the IGT, commented that the low carbon agenda will "require radical change to the way we do business as well as government action to meet the scale of the challenge".

He added: "There are no easy answers."

The Confederation of British Industry also claimed recently that SMEs will play an essential role in making the UK a world leader in the low carbon economy.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800262601-ADNFCR

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