Environmentally Sound in Salford
Salford in North West England has drawn the praises of Greg Barker, the UK's Minister for Climate Change. Visiting the area [on January 27th 2011], Barker has been impressed by the initiatives and results in the developing 'Green Growth' industries. Demonstrating Salford's success in this area local eco-company ENER-G who have just expanded their Salford headquarters, creating 100 new jobs. The company are rapidly gaining a worldwide reputation for consulting and working on cogeneration projects, renewable energy, energy management and energy from waste.
While green manufacturing industries are imperative to driving the country forward to a prosperous and eco-friendly future, they need to be backed up by strong research and development facilities. For the North West this is provided in part by Salford University. This establishment has recently created a revolutionary Energy House model a life size version of an energy efficient home, built within a laboratory environment so that new technologies in reducing energy use and waste can be put to the test.
According to Tim Scott, chairman of ENER-G, global demand for innovative products and services to the green agenda are driving companies such as his towards expansion programmes, a sign of the extent to which environmental matters are now impacting on the economy.
Mr Scott noted the government's own ecological requirements were contributing to his industry's bright future: "The sectors in which we operate offer solid potential for future growth, supported by UK and international government policies for sustainable energy," he said.
Speaking about his trip to the area Mr Barker said: I'm impressed by the forward thinking nature of businesses here which are developing the technologies of the future, but I also want to find out what challenges still exist for those yet to benefit. I'm talking to local businesses to find ways to unlock investment."
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