Moving beyond the much-debated structure of the Brexit agreement, the UK now has trade opportunities that should not be ignored or underestimated.
Focusing on key emerging markets and UK strengths in energy and low-carbon services, the UK market access could be worth £2.5-£3.2 billion by 2020 and £12.5-£16 billion by 2030. These figures are based on modest growth in the UK share of related financial, technical and professional services, an export market it already leads.
Emerging market opportunities are also a means for the UK to generate sustainability benefits that will help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Without affordable, secure access to clean energy, improving the welfare of the poor is virtually impossible. Sustainable energy and infrastructure have a direct positive impact across many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and deliver cost-effective emissions reductions to help countries meet their Paris Agreement commitments.
‘Through-Brexit’ Strategy Does It All
Sir David King hosted a roundtable with sustainability experts about the findings in ICF’s Low-Carbon Energy Study, prompting a lively discussion about what role the UK should play in global low-carbon development. Focusing on emerging economies is an important part of the ‘through-Brexit’ strategy. In fact, given the scale of energy and climate work needed in emerging markets, if the UK taps the right opportunities for its services, advice, and expertise, economic growth will mean support for sustainable development and an improved balance of payments. A clear win-win.