Green technologies 'need to be embraced'

3 August 2009 — 2:00 PM

The Motorola Renew is one green technology recyclers could embrace

One sector commentator has called on the UK public to embrace more environmentally-friendly technologies and processes.

A spokesman for the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a national body which represents over six and a half million people working in the UK, said recent reports had shown Britain was lagging behind its European neighbours.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber noted that despite this, the country has a "world class" selection of green manufacturing firms and this could easily be built upon.

"By investing heavily and regulating in favour of green technology, the government can turn the UK into a world leader and create over a million skilled jobs," he added.

Mr Barber's comments could inspire some employers to consider the benefits of adopting green initiatives, such as recycling mobile phones or other electrical components.

The Carbon Salary Survey Report published in June showed that a third of people working to tackle climate change in Britain were not UK citizens.

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