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Department of Trade and Industry

Environmental Industries

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The UK environmental goods and services industry is diverse, with its roots in some long established sectors, notably in the areas of drinking water supply, waste water treatment, and solid waste management. Today's industry has helped to deal with the legacy of pollution from Britain's industrial past, providing practical and effective solutions to a wide range of environmental problems. In 1997 the UK domestic environmental market was estimated at US$11 billion and it is projected to reach US$23 billion by 2010 - equivalent to average growth of 6% per annum. Few industries will show this sort of worldwide growth over the next 10-15 years.

Although relatively young, the environmental goods and services industry is important in global terms and the UK's environmental sector companies are well placed to take advantage of these global opportunities.

The majority of this information was compiled from details supplied by the DTI and JEMU.

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Joint Environmental Markets Unit (JEMU)
The JEMU is a UK Government unit with responsibility for promoting and supporting the UK environmental industry. JEMU's prime objective is to nurture the development of a strong, competitive, and world-class UK environmental industry capable of competing successfully in the world marketplace.

Further information about JEMU services is available on the JEMU web site.

Waste Management PDF icon (81Kb)
As part of our sponsorship of the waste management industry DTI has commissioned a report from NEL on international facilities for disposing of hazardous wastes.

 Schemes and Initiatives

Technology Partnership Initiative (TPI)
TPI is a government initiative which aims to give firms in developing, industrialising and emerging countries better access to environmental technologies and techniques widely adopted in the UK. TPI is administered by the Joint Environmental Markets Unit (JEMU).

For further information on the Technology Partnership Initiative contact:
Garry Poole
Tel: 020 7215 1037
Web site:

Energy & Environment Research Programme
The Energy & Environment Research Programme is designed to provide scientific and economic analysis to support and inform energy policy and sustainable development. Where possible, collaborative projects are undertaken with industry and other parties, as well as other Government Departments. The programme is funded by DTI. For further information email, tel: 020 7215 3645 or fax 020 7215 1071.

ENERGIE is the part of the EU's Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) covering research, technological development and demonstration into Cleaner Energy Systems and Economic and Efficient Energy for a Competitive Europe. For further information tel: 0161 874 3636, fax: 0161 874 3644 or email:

Environment Agency
The Environment Agency has a broad range of schemes, programmes and services targeted at both the consumer and the business sectors. The Agency has established strong links with many industry associations and works with industry and business to ensure that the environment is protected. In addition, it has created 'account managers' for particular companies to make sure that it can coordinate its work effectively. Further information is available on the Environment Agency's website.

Specific Export Help for the Environmental Industries Sector

Trade Partners UK
UK Trade & Investment is the Government Organisation that brings together the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) in support of British trade and investment overseas.
Sector specific export help for Environmental Industries can be found on the UK Trade & Investment website.

The Joint Environmental Markets Unit's web site provides information on forthcoming overseas trade missions.

Other Sector Contacts

JEMU links
The JEMU web site has links to UK environmental trade associations, professional bodies and organisations involved in R&D.

An extensive list of Trade Associations in this sector can also be found on the Trade Association Forum web site.

General Business Support, Schemes and Initiatives

Sustainable Technologies Initiative (STI)
The Sustainable Technologies Initiative's objective is to get industry, in conjunction with the science base, to develop and adopt new technologies which are more sustainable and which will contribute to sustainable development and competitiveness. The Programme is funded by DTI and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Further information is available on the STI web site or the STI Helpline tel: 01296 337165.

Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme
The Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme shows how a reduction in energy consumption can be achieved whilst maintaining or improving quality of output. The programme is open to all UK companies. An Energy Efficiency Helpline (tel: 0541 542541) offers direct advice on how a company might improve its energy efficiency for small and medium sized enterprises.

Envirowise (formerly the Environmental Technology Best Practice Programme) seeks to improve environmental performance whilst increasing the competitiveness of UK industry by encouraging the take-up of good practice technology and techniques. The main themes of the programme are waste minimisation and the adoption of cost effective cleaner technology. Envirowise is jointly funded by DTI and DETR. For further information contact the Environment and Energy Helpline tel: 0800 585794 or the Envirowise web-site

As part of a pilot project administered by the Environment Agency, small businesses in the UK are being invited to test out a new pilot Internet tool called NetRegs. NetRegs is designed to give practical, sector-specific tips on water, waste and air issues and demystify the environmental responsibilities of smaller businesses.

DTI Business Support
This page lists many of the initiatives that the DTI and other parts of Government currently operate. Included on this page are links to various support schemes and initiatives.

DTI Information Age
This page lists many of the initiatives that the DTI and other parts of Government currently operate. Included on this page are links to schemes and initiatives offering guidance and advice relating to new technology and fast access to information.

DTI International Trade and Investment
This page offers a comprehensive menu of links to sites offering support to exporters (through UK Trade & Investment), investors in the UK and importers into the UK.

Companies House
From this site, you can link to a wide range of Government sites and Professional Bodies that can provide general guidance and support for all UK companies.

The Trade Association Forum
The Trade Association Forum helps associations to deliver best practice to members.

Small Business Service
The Small Business Service operate a number of schemes and initiatives that are designed to help small businesses in a variety of ways. Further information found on their website.


Back to Top   Regulatory Guidance

The Environment Agency's web pages on Guidance for Business and Industry aid the location of environmental guidance, regulation and policy carried out by the Environment Agency.

The Direct Access is a one-stop shop for business to access regulatory guidance and forms published on Government web sites.

Regulatory Guidance provides information on a wide range of regulatory guidance material for which DTI is responsible for administering.

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