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SMEs risk losing out on green future

CITB-Construction Skills boss, Mark Farrar has warned SMEs that they risk getting left behind by green-minded rivals if they fail to prepare for Europe’s green future.

A report last week published by Eurobarometer revealed that 26 per cent of European SMEs offer green products or services, compared with 42 per cent of larger firms.

Mr Farrar said: “With the built environment accounting for almost half of UK carbon emissions, construction remains a key focus in the journey towards Europe’s low carbon future. It is crucial that SMEs ensure they have the right green skills and qualifications to take advantage of the drive to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.”

The Eurobarometer report, “SMEs, Resource Efficiency and Green Markets” showed that while many SMEs are taking action to improve their own resource efficiency, this is not reflected in their external product and service offer.

Mr Farrar said: “If businesses take the right steps to prepare for this work, then there is profit to be made from this emerging industry. Particularly with the Green Deal just around the corner, the time to prepare for the future is now.”

CITB-Construction Skills provides an information portal, Cut the Carbon, that offers guidance on finding low carbon work, details of training schemes and available qualifications.

 

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