Suffolk: New Anglia LEP to unveil Green Economy Pathfinder Manifesto

NEW Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is about to unveil proposals for leading the UK’s transition to a green economy.

The partnership, which aims to drive economic development in Suffolk and Norfolk, was chosen by the Government last year as its green economy “pathfinder”, asking it to report back with recommendations.

Following consultations with the business community across the two counties, New Anglia will present a “Green Economy Pathfinder Manifesto” to Government at a reception in the Houses of Parliament on Monday next week.

Delegates at the launch will include business leaders, representatives from Government departments, environmental organisations, local authorities and community groups.

The Manifesto, called “Leading the Way”, sets out both barriers and opportunities for sustainable economic growth, goals and aspirations and features case studies of business and organisations which are leading the way in developing the green economy.

Andy Wood, chairman of New Anglia LEP and chief executive of Adnams, said: “The New Anglia area has a wide range of energy resources, which is why we are ideally placed to lead the growth of the green economy.

“New Anglia is committed to building the green economy in a sustainable way and to share our knowledge and expertise across the UK.

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“There will be a 45% projected growth in the low carbon and environmental market by 2012/15 and we want to place the green economy at right at the heart of business success, because it makes good business sense.”

Mark Pendlington, director for corporate affairs at Anglian Water and chairman of New Anglia’s green economy pathfinder board, added: “The manifesto provides a route map for all businesses large and small to seize the exciting opportunities of green growth.

“This will create and secure jobs and help our goods and services to compete and win the global marketplace. It’s a route to economic recovery, and we want businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to be leading the way – by example.”

The manifesto will be published online on the afternoon of Monday, June 11 at www.newanglia.co.uk .