Green Economy:

The National Context

In 2010 the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a Growth White Paper which confirmed that the Coalition Government’s first priority is to return the nation’s economy to health.  The paper stated that the Government is ‘also committed to growth that is environmentally sustainable and intergenerationally fair……… The commitment to being the greenest government ever and government for the long term will require ‘greening’ the whole economy……….’

The White Paper also confirmed the establishment of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) with the remit to provide a clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area.

 The 2011 Natural Environment White Paper (NEWP) states that one of the four ways in which the Government intends to mainstream the  value of nature is through ‘creating a green economy, in which economic growth and the health of our natural resources sustain each other, and markets, businesses and Government better reflect the value of nature’.

The NEWP states that LEPs and LNPs have complimentary roles both of which will help to grow a green economy – ‘We expect them to work in a co-operative and constructive fashion to drive forward green growth locally.  Together they can help create the conditions needed for thriving local enterprise, innovation and inward investment – all of which can benefit from, and contribute to, a better natural environment.  We would encourage LNPs and LEPs to work together to forge strong links that capture the value of nature’.

Devon’s Green Economy

Scoping study on Devon’s Green Economy, 2012
A key role for LNP’s is to ‘drive forward green growth’.  The 2012 capacity building work therefore involved a project which aimed to scope out Devon’s green economy.  Transform Research was employed to engage a wide range of partners in order to:

  • Define and outline the scale of Devon’s green economy.
  • Begin to clarify the role of the natural environment.
  • Put forward recommendations for how the LNP and LEP can best take forward this agenda

Click ‘Devon’s Green Economy’ to access the final scoping report.  The LNP is talking to the LEP regarding the next steps.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership was established in 2011 under the leadership of the private sector and supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.  Its objectives are to create new jobs, raise productivity levels and increase average wages.  Visit their website to find out more.

The LNP is represented on the LEP’s Water and Environment Group.  Stephen Bird (Operations Director, South West Water Ltd and LEP Board Member) acts as main LEP contact for the LNP.

Useful links / documents:

The 2011 UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) is the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and our continuing economic prosperity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)  

Natural England have a number of publications regarding the value of Ecosystem Services.  Click here to view available publications.