William Eichler 24 September 2020

New benchmark reveals top five ‘green economies’ in UK

New benchmark reveals top five ‘green economies’ in UK image

The top five green economies per capita in 2018/19 were in south east England, Greater Manchester and the Leeds City Region, according to new research.

The research by clean growth consultants Accelar, in partnership with kMatrix data services, used a new benchmark to compare the pre-Covid-19 health of the green economy in different areas of England.

The new benchmark is based on an area’s proportion of annual sales of low carbon, renewable energy and environmental goods and services per total population.

The top five areas achieved approximately £7,000-£11,000 green economy sales per capita, contrasting with an average of less than £2,000 for the other 34 areas across England. London ranks sixth, with other parts of south and south east England making up the rest of the top 10.

The gap in relative performance between the top five and other areas highlights the extent of untapped potential of the green economy to help to rebalance local economies and create jobs, according to Accelar.

In the context of Brexit, it is also notable that the green economy also has a different export market to many other sectors. Only one of the top 12 UK export partner countries for the green economy is in the EU, making it potentially more resilient to the UK’s exit.

The research also illustrates what Accelar describes as ‘the hidden depths of the green economy’ in areas where local businesses are making significant contributions to the local economy, while being less visible as they sit further down the supply chain.

Commenting on the research, Accelar’s managing director, Chris Fry, said: ‘The green economy is dynamic and diverse, and its growth in many areas in recent years bodes well for the future.

‘The research reveals how the green economy is positioned to contribute to local economic recovery and new jobs during 2021. It should also be the engine room for tackling climate change and the recovery of natural systems for decades to come.’

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

ISSP Practitioner - Youth Offending Team

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum
The role requires you to work one weekend in 4 (both Saturday and Sunday) and the practitioner will then get a day off during the week before and afte England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Young People with Disabilities

Essex County Council
Please note this is a part time position 18.5 hours per week In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work". Having won the Best Soci England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Family Worker

Camden London Borough Council
You will be mainly based at one of Camden’s 5 community Children Centres hubs. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Social Worker - Children in Care - Basildon

Essex County Council
£30906.0 - £42254.0 per annum + + Free Parking & Great Package
Please note that this opportunity is NOT OPEN to Newly Qualified Social Workers. The Role Family Operations delivers direct provision of services England, Essex, Basildon
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Support Worker and Entertainers - Youth and Play Leaders - Sandwell Young Carers

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
See advert details
The post holder will be required to manage a case load, provide holistic family support for young carers and work in partnership with... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue