It was a great honour to accompany the Prime Minister, Chancellor and British business leaders from iconic companies such as Rolls Royce, Diageo and Virgin Atlantic on a business delegation to Mexico.
The focus was the G20 and B20 Summits, where business growth was the over-riding theme. It brought into sharp focus the respect for British business overseas and the appetite for UK expertise and products.
ENER-G was able to showcase UK excellence in renewable energy from waste - highlighting our live landfill gas generation project at Aguascalientes. This £4.4m investment is generating renewable power for the local Nissan plant and is an example of Mexico’s environmental commitment. The country has recently passed a bold Climate Change Act that makes ambitious reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and increased renewable energy generation legally binding.
Mexico is the 14th largest economy in the world and second largest in Latin America - providing many opportunities for UK businesses in the waste and recycling sector. It’s also a good starting point from which to expand further into Latin America.
We see huge business potential for our biogas generation technologies and expertise in Mexico’s emerging renewable energy market. ENER-G built and refined its business model in the UK before growing organically overseas to establish companies in Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, South Africa, and Mexico.
The landfill gas generation market is mature in the UK, but in its infancy in many other countries, where there is strong demand. This is the same for other areas of the waste and recycling industry, where there is capacity to export British expertise and technology.
Hugh Richmond, managing director, ENER-G Natural Power (www.energ.co.uk)