Low carbon growth ‘imperative’, Vince Cable tells Future South conference

The growth of the South’s low carbon economy must ‘remain an imperative’ despite the uncertainties of Brexit and weak sterling, a major conference on green business has heard.

Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable (right) and Future South board member Andy Stanford-Clark with the David Green Award trophy. The award honours innovation in low carbon business.

Thanks to David for sharing this latest news from Future South.


Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable told the annual Future South event that companies and organisations needed to have environmental sustainability in mind as a long-term strategy.

Speaking to an audience of 200 businesses leaders, technologists, academics and local authority representatives, Sir Vince said,

“Politicians come and go but a long-term commitment to invest in the green economy must remain an imperative whatever our government and whatever trading relationships we have. We shouldn’t be deflected from that.”

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Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable addresses the Future South conference at Winchester Guildhall

UK’s first dedicated ‘environment and energy cluster’
The conference, at Winchester Guildhall, brought together recipients of green growth grants, loans and other funding channelled through the Future South partnership and Greentech South, the UK’s first dedicated ‘environment and energy cluster’.

Delegates heard that around 225 jobs had been created at 130 firms in the South thanks to more than £30 million in government and private investment.

In addition, Greentech South has just been accepted onto the International Cleantech Network (ICN), a worldwide collaboration of clusters involving leading energy efficient and low carbon businesses.

Could lead to accelerated growth
Dr David Hutchinson, a Future South board member and Innovation and Impact Development Manager for the University of Portsmouth, said:

“Joining ICN affords Greentech South members benefits that could lead to accelerated growth and access to international companies and markets in a growing sector to which we, as the UK leader, can make a significant contribution.”

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Future South board member Andy Stanford-Clark holds the David Green Award trophy. With him are award finalists, from left: Pete Matthews, Pete Satchell and Ross Baird for the ENiMs entry; Gary Wilburn of HPW; Sandra Sassow of SEaB; Kevin Clarke of KCC and, representing Environmental Treatment Concepts, John Thompson and Payam Malek.

The David Green Award
Sir Vince presented the inaugural David Green Award, named in memory of one of the founders of Future South, to Sandra Sassow, Chief Executive of SEaB Energy, a Southampton-based anaerobic digestion specialist that exports its waste-to-energy technology to Portugal and the USA.

Accepting her award, Sandra said:

“The underlying core of our business is sustainability. We encourage all businesses to make a positive difference to their carbon footprint.”

Other finalists for the award were KCC, a sustainable food packaging company, the environmental consultancy ENiMS, the architecture practice HPW and Environmental Treatment Concepts, a pioneer of electronic water descaling.

Have made a great deal of progress
Future South Chairman Stewart Dunn said:

“Our fifth annual conference was an ideal chance to discuss the successes and challenges we all face in developing and growing a low carbon economy in the South. We have made a great deal of progress albeit with much more to do.”

The conference was sponsored jointly by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Crossprint and Bouygues UK.

For more information, visit Future South and Green Tech South.

Images: Top – Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable (right) and Future South board member Andy Stanford-Clark with the David Green Award trophy. The award honours innovation in low carbon business.
Middle – Former Business Secretary Sir Vince Cable addresses the Future South conference at Winchester Guildhall.
Bottom – Future South board member Andy Stanford-Clark holds the David Green Award trophy. With him are award finalists, from left: Pete Matthews, Pete Satchell and Ross Baird for the ENiMs entry; Gary Wilburn of HPW; Sandra Sassow of SEaB; Kevin Clarke of KCC and, representing Environmental Treatment Concepts, John Thompson and Payam Malek.

Friday, 11th November, 2016 3:10pm

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Good that it is imperative, for with Trump’s coming onslaught on the environment the rest of the world will have to re-double their efforts. Trump wants to get rid of the Environment Agency and Obama’s Federal Green Plan, he wants more drilling, more mining, more oil pipes (over Native Indian Sacred Lands)and he wants to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement….. The world needs to dare… Read more »
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Anyone worried about Trump and what he will mean for climate change has every reason to be worried. See my comment above this one. However, merely worrying will not help. If you want to DO something then support the Sierra Club, who are issuing an urgent appeal for their fight against the destruction of Native Indian Sacred Lands which are threatened by the Dakota Pipeline and others… Read more »
Steve Goodman
David Green was certainly aware of the urgent need to steer the economy in a more environmentally responsible direction, and the fact that doing so makes us less susceptible to the additional uncertainties and chaos caused by brexit and big bad Donald becoming US President-elect. In addition to the campaigns to try to limit the likely Trump trashing of the environment there’s also now an Avaaz open… Read more »
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Trumped
Excellent stuff! Have signed it. However, it doesn’t mention the environment… This needs to e addressed, for the Media – and people in general – are relatively quiet about what this man will mean to the environment. The Planet has no voice and is the most discriminated of all by a species who have taken arrogance to a new level. Trump is the personification of this arrogance… Read more »
Trumped

The correct link is: http://www.sierraclub.org

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This Tuesday 15 November: Global Day of Action against the Dakota Pipeline. Stand with the Sioux Tribes to protect their Sacred Lands and stand with the Green Movement to protect the Planet against Trump’s planned attack on the environment.

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