Will 2012 See Clean Technology Come of Age in the Midlands?

The Birmingham Post (England), February 23, 2012 | Go to article overview

Will 2012 See Clean Technology Come of Age in the Midlands?


Byline: Simon Pringle

Recent surveys have shown that clean technology and renewable energy businesses have attracted record levels of investment over the last two years. With the potential for both growth and consolidation, this trend looks set to continue.

Businesses in the Midlands have a real opportunity to capitalise on the region's track record of innovation, undoubted skills in manufacturing and strong academic foundations. Combined with the established links to Europe and beyond, the region is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

Despite uncertainty surrounding Feed in Tariffs and some recent policy changes, sustainability, energy security and the 'green' agenda remains a high level priority for the UK Government. More broadly, the sustainability agenda has also become a mainstream business concern for organisations of all shapes and sizes; not just in the Midlands but across the international stage.

The days of simply ticking a box in the CSR column of a supply chain questionnaire are rapidly disappearing into history and, for many in business, sustainability means the capacity for organisations to 'future proof' themselves. This can combine the creation of short term efficiencies with strategies to ensure the delivery of shareholder value into the medium and longer term.

Coming of age Many issues that were previously seen as mid-term sustainability concerns are impacting upon the here and now. Market demands are changing and the transition towards lower carbon, resource efficient goods and services offers a mixture of risk and opportunity for all involved in manufacturing.

This change is partly being driven by corporate minds that are focused on the risks and opportunities associated with commodity and energy prices, regulatory changes, supply chain management and brand reputation. At the same time, a highly creative and innovative low carbon 'green' sector has started to mature in the UK. Combining Government policy with corporate demand and genuine innovation brings real momentum to a market that has confounded the broader economic backdrop and enjoyed a period of growth and cautious optimism. So, will 2012 be the year that clean tech innovation in the region comes of age and starts to attract increasing levels of investment? Hub of innovation It is certainly the case that the Midlands retains a deserved international reputation as a hub of innovation and home to some of the cleanest, most advanced manufacturing in Europe. Our manufacturing sector has proved its dynamism over recent years, most notably in the face of the recent economic downturn.

It is, of course, the case that the industry has been faced with some unwelcome and complex challenges with some having had no choice but to restructure, re-focus and re-think. However, many companies have also streamlined their offering, firmed up on their supply chains, retained key skills and placed focus upon innovation. This means that many companies in the Midlands have been working hard to satisfy the emerging demands of consumer and corporate hunger for clean technologies and energy efficient products. …

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