Britain was a pioneer in pollution control. As a small crowded island that industrialised early, we have had long experience of managing people and industry in close proximity. Battersea Power Station, on the South Bank of The Thames, was the first power station in the world to be designed with built in emission reduction control in the chimneys.
To this day the UK has a good reputation internationally for environmental expertise and technology. Yet only 0.6% of the 1 trillion dollar global environmental market goes to British firms. This market is growing fast and if we simply hold our share we could create an extra 27000 jobs by 2025, equally if we could increase our share by half that would be an extra 40,000 jobs. As we leave the European Union, doing better in this growing global environmental market will be crucial.
EIC works to promote British environmental expertise and to help its members get business abroad. We are an accredited Trade Partner of the Department for International Trade and regularly host inward trade missions looking to make contact with UK environmental firms. We also have an Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Society for Environmental Sciences which enables us to use their help to enable members to find out about and access opportunities in China.