15th August 2012 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

According to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), the UK has the potential to become a global leader in the shift towards low carbon - but only if the government takes a different approach towards climate change and energy, edie.net has reported. Research by the CBI has suggested that if the UK was to become a global leader in low-carbon products and services, a further £20bn could be added to annual GDP by 2015. Richard Tunnicliffe, East of England director, said: "In reality, with the right policies in place, green business will be a major pillar of our future growth. "With something like a third of all our growth accounted for by green business last year, the UK could be a global front-runner in the shift to low-carbon." Across all sectors and regions, 'green business activity' now provides around 940,000 people in the UK with work; with two-thirds of these jobs falling outside of London and the South East.