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Editor: David Keighley
19th July 2012

Time to get smart. That's the message to politicians from the CBI in its latest report linking economic growth and low carbon energy. The so-called 'choice' between going green or going for growth is a false one, says CBI Director General John Cridland - in reality, he says, with the right policies in place, green business will be a major pillar of the UK's future growth.

This latest research by the CBI suggests that the UK has the ability to become a global front-runner in low carbon products and services - and it could be adding £20 billion extra in annual GDP by 2015. But the organisation warns that the Government needs to take the right action to grasp this potential and avoid damaging the competitiveness of key industries.

"The UK has made a great start tapping into green economic opportunities, but mixed signals from the Government are setting the UK back," said Cridland. "If we can't be sure that the policies of today will still be the policies of tomorrow, we simply won't build business and consumer confidence or secure the investment we need. Good green policy has to be good industrial policy too. We should work out where we can be world leaders and focus on building our competitiveness and getting into those supply chains."

The full CBI report 'The Colour of Growth: Maximising the Potential of Green Business' (3,137kb) can be downloaded here.

EVENTS & EDUCATION

rsKey issues highlighted at The Renewables Event
Informative end user case studies and panel discussions at The Renewables Event will address the challenges facing the renewable energy sector. More?

cnPrivate sector joins Carbon Trust carbon management scheme
Nineteen private sector companies are among 39 organisations in Scotland to graduate from this year's Carbon Trust Carbon Management Programme. More?

MACHINERY & PRODUCTION PROCESSES

nkBearings upgrade reduces downtime and maintenance costs
An NSK bearings upgrade has reduced downtime and maintenance costs - and increased bearing life four-fold - for a paper recycling company. More?

ndDirect-mount inverters give efficient diagnostics via serial bus
By mounting directly to a motor terminal block, Nord's new frequency inverters come with a proprietary system bus that gives straightforward, cost-efficient wiring in the field. More?

BUILDINGS & FACILITIES

clWhite Paper details air filtration energy savings
Air filtration company Camfil Farr has published a White Paper explaining the most widely used methodology for determining energy savings. More?

mlMarl expands to meet growing 'green' lighting demand
LED lighting specialist Marl International has invested £150,000 to double manufacturing output at its Ulverston facility to meet the growth of 'green' lighting technology. More?

VEHICLES & TRANSPORT

nnNorgren's new valve design cuts out waste for CNG filling
Norgren has developed a high-performance valve to minimise potential leak paths and eliminate waste during filling vehicles with compressed natural gas. More?

dtDuPont nylon resin helps cut truck weight and emissions
An oil sump moulded from DuPont's Zytel nylon resin is helping commercial vehicle maker Scania meet challenges with regard to noise, emissions and weight. More?

ENERGY PROCUREMENT & MANAGEMENT

tmSmart metering to improve Crown Estate's energy efficiency
Energy consultancy TEM is to advise Regent Street Direct about measuring the carbon footprint of The Crown Estate's Central London properties north of Piccadilly Circus. More?

baGuide provides a 'toolkit' for asset management
BSRIA's new guide to asset management and maintenance audits includes a 'toolkit' to plan audits and capture and report the results. More?

MICRO-GENERATION

syWork on London station solar project reaches half-way point
Work on the largest solar panel array in London has reached the half-way stage with installation of the 2200th solar panel on the roof of Blackfriars station. More?

egTSB funding for consortium's project into Virtual Power Plants
Sustainable energy company ENER-G is part of a consortium, backed by £100k of Technology Strategy Board funding, seeking ways to decarbonise energy supplies. More?

FUNDING & FINANCE

euFunds announced for power, water and waste apprenticeships
Funding of £240,000 will enable Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) to develop three new higher apprenticeships in power, water and waste management. More?

LEGISLATION, REGULATION & STANDARDS

eaEWEA calls for action on Europe's Emissions Trading System
EWEA wants the European Commission to tackle the "massive oversupply of CO2 emission allowances" to avoid a collapse of the Emission Tradings System. More?

David Keighley
Editor
EfficientEnergy.net

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