UK ‘falling behind’ in race for environmental jobs

Firms in environmental industries have warned that the government must act quickly to create green jobs in the UK and not lose out to foreign competition. World leaders must spend $400 billion on a green economic stimulus package, suggests a group of economists.

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has outlined plans to create 300,000 ‘green’ jobs to help the UK out of recession. But it says the government must act quickly or risk losing out to competitors in Germany and the US.1

Speaking at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "We must use the imperative of building a low-carbon economy as a route to creating jobs and growth, the path that will see us through the current downturn." The Scottish government also recently announced that it plans to secure thousands of renewable energy jobs.

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