Great Green

BECOMING THE GREENEST ECONOMY IN ENGLAND

We are unlocking the Great South West’s potential to be a world leader in clean growth, backed by our region’s wealth of natural and research assets. We want to be self-sufficient in clean energy, becoming a net energy exporter as part of our mission to support the country’s journey to net zero. Our geography and natural resources offer unrivalled opportunities for sustainable development, running from energy generation to tech metals for batteries.

DELIVERING ECONOMIC GROWTH

As the Great South West leads the way towards a clean economy, we would be the first region to be a net-zero carbon economy. With the support of Government, we can deliver a bold and ambitious offer - to trigger a green and blue economic revolution, and add over £45 billion to the economy by 2035.

ENERGISING THE COUNTRY

Our peninsula is uniquely placed to lead the way in the country’s generation of clean energy, with new renewable technologies making use of our natural assets in geothermal, wave, tidal and wind.

We are securing the low carbon legacy of Hinkley Point C, which will support the UK’s energy security and power six million homes. Alongside this, the exciting development of floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea, and projects like the Smart Energy Islands in the Isles of Scilly, and Poole Bay offshore wind farm, the Great South West could be a net energy exporter, and produce 80% from low carbon sources, by 2030.

REAPING THE RURAL DIVIDEND

As the country’s most rural region, our natural environments support an important visitor economy, and food and farming industries which help create jobs and drive innovation.
The interconnectedness and collaboration across our rural economy has helped to create a robust agriculture sector, with a commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible food production. However, our rural areas face issues which hamper business productivity.

We need to deliver high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity to our communities, to support the production and export of our agriculture, energy and agritech sectors.

ACCELERATING GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

Agritech in the Great South West is transforming the food and drink sector with smarter tools, such as remote sensing and drone technologies, with a focus on sustainable farming, precision agriculture technologies, and solutions for food production and distribution.

Our agritech SMEs generate over £371 million annually, and are supported by Food Enterprise Zones, laboratories, and partnerships with the Rothamsted Research North Wyke Farm Platform in Devon, the Agri-tech Cornwall Project and the Agri-tech Innovation Centre in Dorset.

The region is also developing and testing new renewable technologies, supported by our test beds, talent, and renewable energy capacity.

SECURING A GREENER, SMARTER FUTURE

We are home to world-leading research institutions and national centres, including the Met Office and the UK Hydrographic Office, and the Universities of Bournemouth, Exeter and Plymouth, with globally recognised strengths in climate science, sustainable development, earth science and low-carbon technologies.

FEEDING THE NATION

The region’s fertile soils, mild climate, and extensive coastline provide a diverse range of high-quality produce, and has led to a strong tradition of farming and fishing. Our food and drink sector generates over £7 billion annually and supports over 119,000 jobs, from small-scale artisanal producers to large-scale manufacturers and exporters.

This thriving sector makes our region uniquely positioned to contribute to the UK's food security, by promoting sustainable farming practices, and supporting a diverse and resilient food supply chain.

HARNESSING THE POTENTIAL OF THE GREEN ECONOMY

The Great South West is a prime location for investors and business owners looking to capitalise on the growing green economy. With a thriving agriculture industry, innovative agritech startups, sustainable food and drink production, pioneering renewable technologies and world-leading solutions for a net zero future, the region is a hub for the future of business and innovation.