Huw Robson: Sustainable Economy


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Huw Robson from Forum for the Future talks to the SWO Future Skills Policy Seminar on how to embed sustainability into the skills debate.

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Huw Robson: Sustainable Economy

  1. 1. sustainable economy SWO seminar, 24 february 2010 Huw Robson |
  2. 2. forum for the future - who are we? We are a charity committed to sustainable development. Our vision is of business and communities thriving in a future that’s environmentally sustainable and socially just. Our mission is to find practical ways that private and public organisations can deliver a sustainable future. We work with business and organisations that have a top level commitment to make their operations sustainable
  3. 3. JT Group
  4. 4. a sustainable economy: robust, stable and one in which healthy economy over resources are not the long term used up faster than nature renews them
  5. 5. global population figures 2008 2050 6 million 9 million people people
  6. 6. reduction in emissions needed: by 2050 80%
  7. 7. Global move to green economy Global = Green economy $3,086B in 2007/8 USA = $100B of $800B stimulus package China = McKinsey: China a ‘green’ economy by 2030 Clean-tech predicted to outgrow automotive Germany = by 2020 BERR: “Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services: an industry analysis” 2009 McKinsey: —"China's green revolution: Prioritizing technologies to achieve energy and environmental sustainability“2009 UNEP — “Silver Lining to Climate Change - Green Jobs“ 2008
  8. 8. Global Market – LCEGS Sector BERR: Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services: an industry analysis 2009
  9. 9. LCEGS Sector – Top Ten Market £Bn United States (20.6%) 107 93 China (13.5%) 128 629 191 Japan (6.3%) 191 India (6.3%) 411 Germany (4.2%) United Kingdom (3.5%) France (3.0%) BERR: Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services: an industry analysis 2009
  10. 10. Photovoltaic Environmental Consultancy Contaminated Additional Land Energy Renewable Sources Alternative Water & consulting Fuel Vehicle Waste Water Energy Management Waste Marine Management Building Pollution Environmental Noise & Technologies Control Vibration Monitoring Control Geothermal Air Pollution Wave & Tidal Biomass Wind Carbon Hydro Recovery & Capture Contaminated & Carbon Finance Recycling Land Storage
  11. 11. the south west good fundamentals
  12. 12. the south west good necessary but fundamentals not sufficient
  13. 13. LCEGS by region BERR: Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services: an industry analysis 2009
  14. 14. the race has started ... Economic Development Investment Plan Thames focused on environmental research & Gateway innovation + Institute for Sustainability Pushing green New Deal for NE. New and Newcastle renewable energy industry. 3:1 leverage of RDA funding. Strategy: “Capturing the Potential – A green Jobs Wales Strategy for Wales”. Steering regeneration budget to green skills & Innovation. ‘Sustainable Glasgow’ consortium, led by the Glasgow University of Strathclyde, supported by Scottish Govt. Aiming at most sustainable city.
  15. 15. Strong SW green sector – what would it look like? Global reputation Attracts Attracts employees businesses Strong Attracts supporting investment eco-system
  16. 16. How do we do it? Commit : ambition for SW to be Green jobs/Clean-tech leader Prioritise: areas where SW has strong comparative advantage Cross-link: to other strong regional sectors (creative/IT?) Simple early interventions – media/materials; web; UK conference?
  17. 17. robust dimensions Engineering Design Business
  18. 18. a SW sustainable economy? enormous prize long term opportunity some starting advantage plan to win – take action
  19. 19. thank you Huw Robson | | registered charity no. 1040519
  20. 20. Sector groupings Environmental Renewable Energy Emerging Low Carbon Air Pollution Control Hydro Alternative Fuels * Environmental Consultancy Wave and Tidal Alternative Fuels for Vehicles Environmental Monitoring Biomass Additional Energy Sources Marine Pollution Control Wind * Carbon Capture and Storage Noise and Vibration Geothermal Carbon Finance Contaminated Land Remediation Solar PV* Energy Management Waste Management Renewable Consulting Building Technologies* Recovery and Recycling Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment* Purple text = leading sub-sectors in SW * = leading export subsectors in SW