London (PRWEB UK) 9 April 2013
ecoConnect (http://www.ecoconnect.org.uk), the UK’s green industry business network, announced today that John Ireland, Deputy Director Low Carbon Economy in the Scottish Government will be attending ecoConnect’s inaugural forum in Edinburgh on the 8th of May as a representative of the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.
In a time of recession, Cleantech (or Green Industry) continues to be a growth sector across the UK, worth over £120bn with estimated growth rates of 5% pa into 2015. The Green Economy has developed into a key platform for UK growth, but policy uncertainty and mixed messages from ministers in England are undermining its success.
Robert Hokin, Chief Executive of ecoConnect said: “Scotland really seems to understand that the UK could and should be a major power for green industry innovation. However, the majority of cutting-edge innovations across the country struggle to get seen, accepted and commercialised…we need to accelerate it. This industry is an essential contributor to the UK’s economy but we’ve yet to hit our stride…unified support for cleantech industry simply isn’t there and mixed messages from the Coalition only add to industry frustration. David Cameron should take note. Supporting innovation is key to our future economic potential and this will be the focus of our Scottish launch at Anderson Strathern.”
ecoConnect, a not-for-profit, will be opening offices in Glasgow later this year as an extension to its London base and has welcomed positive statements in recent weeks by Scotland's Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, on the drive to reduce carbon emissions. “There is no room for complacency - that is why we are determined to do even more and must do so given the threat climate change places on our wildlife, our economy and our society.”
About ecoConnect: ecoConnect is the UK's Green Industry Business Network, set up to enable effective partnerships, collaborations and connections throughout the country, providing essential links to innovation, business support, investment and procurement. It is a not-for-profit development agency helping to create a viable UK Green Economy in which technology plays a crucial lead role. Its register of green industry participants spans a wide range of technologists, investors, corporates and service providers.
For information about the Scottish event please see http://www.cvent.com/d/6cqv2q