Environment Secretary George Eustice visited Clean Growth UK’s South-East hub, the Green Growth Platform on July 8th to discuss its work in SME innovation and creating green economy jobs.
The ministerial visit to The Depot arts cinema in Lewes – a beneficiary of input from the Green Growth Platform – comes on the back of the government’s commitment for the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 and reach net zero by 2050 and, ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November, of driving a green industrial revolution.
Zoë Osmond, Director for Clean Growth UK, highlighted that: “The UK leads the world in climate change legislation and targets and today we discussed the challenges our SMEs face when innovating and growing the clean-green businesses we need for a net-zero, nature positive world.”
“We now need a set of clear, long-term policies for climate and nature to enable businesses to invest, grow the green economy and turbo-charge the green revolution. This will lead to a welcome growth in skilled green jobs and ensure our COVID recovery is truly green and equitable.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “As we look ahead to COP26, our green industrial revolution and our Plan for Jobs are helping create new green jobs across the whole country.”
“It was brilliant to see this in action today at Clean Growth UK and hear how the organisation is both boosting the local economy and supporting the nation’s drive to become net-zero by 2050.”
Three local companies who have benefited from Clean Growth UK’s support also met with the Environment Secretary to share their experience. They were:
Medisort collects, processes and disposes of healthcare waste in the south-east, which includes children’s nappies and adult incontinence products. The company accessed University of Brighton expertise via a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project and participated in the peer-to-peer Profitnet programme. This enabled them to develop the technology required to become a pioneering UK dedicated nappy waste treatment and recovery facility. Over the coming months this will help increase the amount of recyclable waste, improve the segregation route for materials and reduce the costs associated with recycling and incineration.
Zedify uses zero-emission electric cargo bikes to run a delivery network around cities in the UK, delivering items across congested urban environments including food, office supplies, textiles and print media. The company started in Brighton & Hove, and following support from the Green Growth Platform via the Profitnet programme it now operates in nine UK cities and has more than 100 staff.
Ambiental Environmental Assessment
Ambiental Environmental Assessment uses complex data and sophisticated computer modelling to predict flood risks. The assessments help developers, banks, insurers, planners and government agencies make informed decisions to protect people’s lives, properties and businesses. By partnering with the Green Growth Platform, the company accessed master student skills to support flood modelling development, enabling the students to build their own experience and careers while supporting the business to get skilled help where it is needed most.