Green Business Awards 2010: Platinum sponsor's foreword

The green agenda is no longer on the fringes of business.

by Brook Land, non-executive chairman, RPS

It is now a central component of government and business strategy, a pivotal factor in future business success which is engaging society and has the potential to contribute significantly to wider economic prosperity. It is increasingly recognised that global issues of climate change, population growth, resource depletion and loss of biodiversity can be addressed by a new approach to business. This is reflected in the growth of the 'green support sector' which currently employs 880,000 people and is forecast to increase to over a million in the next five to 10 years.

RPS, as one of the earliest established environmental consultancies, recognised the opportunities back in 1970 and has been at the forefront of providing relevant support to a diverse range of private and public sector organisations ever since. Major work streams have been generated in recent years through the promotion and development of large scale renewable energy projects such as offshore wind farms. More recently we have also been involved in supporting groundbreaking advances in tidal power, a technology with a great future despite its current lack of government-level support.

Equally, the importance of sustainable design advice on the masterplanning of developments, the conception of buildings and the specification of energy-efficient building services is more fundamental than ever to achieving planning consent. We advise clients on practical solutions to improve their environmental and social management performance whether through addressing legal compliance issues or satisfying the disclosure demands of customers, investors, bankers and insurers.

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