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Happy holidays from Green Intelligence

In our final newsletter of the year we review 2016’s top Green Intelligence stories and wish you a prosperous and green New Year.

In our final newsletter of the year we review 2016’s top Green Intelligence stories and wish you a prosperous and green New Year.

Thank you for reading Green Intelligence during 2016. We will now be taking a short break over the festive period – our next newsletter will be in your inbox on 11 January 2017.

If you would like to re-visit any of the 250 articles we published this year, you can find them in our searchable News Library.

Our articles were read a total of 5,280 times by subscribers over the course of 2016. Beyond General Interest stories, the most popular news categories were Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction.

Political turmoil?

Unsurprisingly, the outcome of the European Referendum and its potential impact on green business was one of the most popular stories of the year.

The UK’s shock decision to leave the EU will no doubt trigger changes to environmental regulations and policies, but several experts remain optimistic that the transition to a low carbon economy will continue regardless.

Importantly, the Prime Minister has confirmed that all EU legislation will be retained in domestic law as part of the Brexit process, giving much-needed short-term certainty to business, although any laws could be repealed in the future.

The ushering in of a new government in the wake of the referendum result also had some important ramifications for green business, including the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which was replaced by the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Market drivers

Nevertheless, the move towards greener business has continued apace regardless of political changes.

Businesses and Green Intelligence readers alike were intrigued by any financial support available for sustainability, especially the Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund for SMEs, which offers capital grants for energy saving equipment. 

The growing importance of sustainability as a competitive advantage was also important to readers, such as the news that the majority of firms in the UK construction sector now have low carbon strategies in place.

Local successes

As always, local success stories were also popular. We published a number of case studies throughout the year, covering everything from breakthrough environmental technologies to best practice examples of resource efficiency.

In particular, readers were interested in green tech developed by local companies, such as innovations in LED lighting and collaborative partnerships between local firms.

There was also plenty of interest in community energy and the UK’s largest school solar array in Greater Manchester, among other developments.  

Looking forward

2017 will be another important year for the green business agenda and our coverage of events both local and national will continue to expand, as will our sister services delivered through Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub – the Low Carbon Network and Green Growth Pledge.

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From all the team at ENWORKS and the Business Growth Hub, we would like to wish you all the best for a successful, low carbon and resource efficient 2017!