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Barker backs British business on US green trade mission

Wind turbine installers and loft laggers are among the companies who have joined climate change minister Greg Barker on the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s first ever green trade mission.

A total of six UK companies that are capitalising on the opportunities of the green economy will be on the 5 day visit to the U.S. which will cover Washington D.C, Philadelphia, Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina.

As part of the trade mission, Greg Barker and the business leaders will meet with politicians, business groups, investors and regional development bodies to explore the openings for UK green business in the U.S. and the inward investment opportunities that the UK’s low carbon sector offers.

Among the companies on the trade mission is the Mark Group, which has grown over the past four decades from a small home insulation business to an energy efficiency and renewables firm that has expanded into international markets.

Another is the RES Group, which started in the UK more than 25 years ago, is now one of the world’s leading developers and constructors of renewable energy projects including on-shore wind, off-shore wind, biomass and large-scale solar farms.

Intelligent Energy, also on the trip, is a global clean power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies, with current partners including Scottish & Southern Energy and Suzuki.

“I am proud to be a cheerleader for Britain’s green businesses and am in America this week flying the flag for those firms that are breaking into the U.S. market,” Barker said.

“The companies joining me on this U.S. trade mission are living proof of the economic benefits of the new green economy and can therefore help me make the case that going green is good for the economy, as well as energy security.

“I’ll be telling the people I meet about the transformation of the UK economy that we are delivering through the green deal, our reforms of the electricity market and the creation of the green investment bank. My message will be that Britain is open for green business investment.”

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