Consumers are increasingly adopting more sustainable behaviours and expecting the same of businesses. What’s more, companies are realising that embracing green practices and products is not only the right thing to do – it can also help them grow revenues, mitigate risk and create value. Whether it involves reducing food waste, using renewable energy to power motor vehicles or launching green bonds, British businesses are rising to the challenge of serving the burgeoning sustainability economy.
Sector at a glance
- 96,500 - The estimated number of low-carbon and renewable energy businesses in the UK, generating a total annual turnover of £46.2 billion
- 46% - The proportion of the UK’s electricity supplied by low-carbon power sources in 2015 – a record
- 39 - The number of green bonds listed on London Stock Exchange, which have raised around $10 billion