Environmental technology (envirotech) is the application of one or more of environmental science, green chemistry, environmental monitoring and electronic devices to monitor, model and conserve the natural environment and resources, and to curb the negative impacts of human involvement.
New Anglia has a wealth of environmental technology businesses ranging from larger companies (such as Anglian Water) to SME’s (such as Extremis Technologies). With enabling strengths in ICT, Energy and High-Value Manufacturing and the world-class research from UEA, many businesses are now developing leading environmental technologies.
WHERE ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES MATTER
A concern within New Anglia is water scarcity, with East Anglia being the driest part in the UK according to Anglian Water. Water scarcity is an environmental, social and economic concern, and can be seen as a major risk for the global economy.
In the East of England, in particular, Norfolk, has been impacted by the trend of rising sea levels and more devastating storms. These have led to sea storm surges and inland flooding, creating significant socio-economic and environmental negative impacts.
New Anglia’s water is monitored by Anglian Water, who have identified long-term access to secure supplies of water as being one of the most pressing environmental and economic challenges the world faces today. Water pollution can lead to a cascade of threats.
ENVIRONMENTAL ASSETS IN NORFOLK & SUFFOLK
The University of East Anglia is a hotbed of world-class research waiting to be applied, which, as a result, has spun out a number of businesses within this sector.
New Anglia has rich natural assets due to its rural location and proximity to the coast. Through this, nature stimulates local economic activity, attracts investment and creates jobs.
Food, agriculture and land-based industries are highly important for the New Anglia economy. Norfolk is a rural county with 93% rural land area. These factors make farming a primary industry in the region, with many opportunities for growth being offered with environmental technologies.
Through the link below you can access an online business map of the companies within the Environmental Technologies sector, spanning across Norfolk and Suffolk.