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Waste sector to benefit from manufacturing support

A Government pledge of £150 million to support UK manufacturing is set to benefit the recycling, waste and energy-from-waste sectors.

Plans for a framework that will support businesses, which are part of the low carbon economy, have been announced by the Government.

The framework is part of a refreshed strategy for UK manufacturers aimed at helping firms make the most of opportunities opened up by the global move towards a more sustainable economy.

Recycling and renewable energy sectors will benefit as they are an integral part of the supply chain which helps businesses reduce carbon output and increase sustainability.

Business Secretary John Hutton said: We need to recognise that the global landscape is changing so we can help UK manufacturers stay ahead of the game. I want the UK to be at the forefront of opportunities opened up by the move towards a low carbon economy.

With the right support in place, we can grow our nuclear and renewables industries to become world-leaders in green technologies, supporting hundreds of thousands of green collar jobs.

Skills Secretary John Denham said: "We want to support innovation in UK manufacturing by maintaining a world-class research and development infrastructure, through intelligent use of Government procurement and regulation.

However, Shadow Secretary for Business Alan Duncan criticised the move. He said: While other countries like Germany have been successfully building whole new industries based on low carbon technologies, the UK has lost over a million manufacturing jobs since 1997, while our green energy sector remains tiny.

There will also be support for small medium sized enterprises to help them flourish in high growth markets. Training and skills in the sector will also receive a boost as the strategy focuses on manufacturing apprenticeships. Hutton said: We want to attract more talented young people.

Environmental Services Association spokesman Steve Toole said: The Government framework for UK manufacturers again highlights the importance of investing in renewables in the UK and the potential to make ourselves a leading player in the sector from a global perspective.

More support to come

* A low carbon strategy, which launches next year, was also announced by the Government. Its aim is to put the UK at the forefront of global changes.

* A new Renewable Energy Deployment Office will be established by the Government to address any barriers the sector faces. A Government spokeswoman told MRW: It will address all supply chain and grid issues and raise the sectors profile globally and domestically.

Image: Government Business Secretary John Hutton



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