New UK Government’s Green Policies

This presents significant opportunities for the rejuvenation of the chemical industry in the UK, based on green jobs and investments, as chemical products are the keystone of many green technologies. The policies of the new "green investment bank" could have a significant impact on the development of this sector if it encourages the development of renewable energy and green chemical manufacture.

The new feed-in tariff policy has the potential to catalyse the development of photovoltaic technologies in the UK. Germany, which introduced its first feed-in tariff in 2000, is now the biggest generator of electricity from photovoltaics in the world with a total capacity of 9.8 GW in 2009 compared to 0.03 GW in the UK.

This is despite having much lower solar irradiation than countries such as Spain or Italy, and similar levels to the UK. "Increased deployment of photovoltaics has a knock-on effect on the chemical industry as the raw materials, such as solar grade silicon and industrial gases, are supplied by chemical manufacturers," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, Dr. Nicola Rudd.

"Several of these companies, such as PV Crystalox Solar and Linde, have facilities in the UK and could benefit from this increased local demand for photovoltaics."

Introducing the necessary infrastructure to charge plug-in electric vehicles is likely to drive demand for such electric cars. "The UK is going to be a manufacturing hub for electric vehicles, as demonstrated by Nissan’s announcement that they are going to be manufacturing electric vehicles in Sunderland from 2013," says Rudd.

"However, the materials required for electric vehicle batteries are largely sourced from Asia, particularly Japan, so there is an opportunity for the UK to develop the necessary expertise and manufacturing capabilities to satisfy this demand locally."

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