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Environment, Energy and Infrastructure

Environment, Energy and Infrastructure in the UK

 

One of the best places in the world to invest in renewable energy, the UK also offers significant supply chain opportunities and high returns on investments for any business – whether in the traditional or emerging energy technologies sectors. The UK is committed to building a sustainable energy future, with regulatory and financial support measures to protect and provide attractive incentives to inward investors.

 

A skilled and experienced energy labour pool of more than 600,000 people has grown up over many years to support the sector, with clusters spread across the UK, including within the Thames Valley.

 

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Clean Growth Grand Challenge

 

The Government’s Industrial Strategy sets out 4 Grand Challenges to make the UK play a leading role in industries of the future.

 

One of the Grand Challenges is Clean Growth, which has two main missions:

 

– To halve the energy use of new buildings by 2030;
– To establish the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 and at least 1 low-carbon cluster by 2030.

 

The move to cleaner economic growth presents one of today’s greatest industrial opportunities, through low carbon technologies and the efficient use of resources. Existing industries have the potential to be transformed and new ones generated.
Infrastructure in the UK

 

– Construction output in the UK is more than £110 billion per annum, contributing to 7% of GDP.

 

– A quarter of construction output is public sector, with three-quarters generated from the private sector.

 

– The industry accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, which is the equivalent of 10% of total UK employment.

 

– Output in infrastructure grew 3.6% in the three months to April 2019, with public new housing also experiencing strong growth in the same period, increasing by 4.7%.
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority combines government expertise in the financing, delivery and assurance of major economic projects, such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

 

Environment, Energy and Infrastructure in the Thames Valley

A wide range of innovation in infrastructure stems from science and technology-focused companies working with academia in the region. An example of this is from the University of Reading, who aid research into smart grids that companies such as Telefonica (based in Slough) can utilise to deliver smart technology to the region.

 

Thames Water
With a history dating back to the early 1600s, Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater services provider, supplying around 2.6 billion litres of drinking water across London and the Thames Valley per day.

 

Located next to the River Thames and Reading train station, their head office is home to Thames Water’s corporate teams. Their Operations Management Centre is located on Reading’s Green Park business centre, which has excellent links to major roads and public transport.

 

Thames Water was acquired by Kemble Water Holdings Limited in 2006, a consortium led by the Australian Macquarie Group.

 

 

ELGA LabWater
An integral part of French owned Veolia Water Technologies, ELGA LabWater has a global revenue of €2.1bn and a worldwide team of 10,300 employees. It is renowned for its capabilities in providing water solutions of any size to customers throughout the entire water cycle, with all its UK needs serviced by its Thames Valley office.

 

 

Seequent
In 2016, this New Zealand based business opened its EMEA headquarters in the Thames Valley. Seequent’s 3D modelling tools and technology are applied to an array of industries, including road and rail tunnel construction, groundwater detection and management and geothermal exploration.

 

Commenting on the opening of its EMEA headquarters, Graham Grant, UK Chief Operating Officer said:

 

“We’re very committed to our customers and our new UK office will allow us to provide timely local training and support to our European Leapfrog customers. Our expert geologists will be able to readily share their knowledge to help these customers build their skills and capability to ensure they get the most out of Leapfrog. It’s also important for us to be close to London’s financial sector, as Leapfrog is a recognised tool for decision making and investment, not just by the world’s leading mining companies and geologically dependent industries, but also by investment houses.”

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