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Green sector was worth £43bn to UK economy in 2015

By Emily Beament

The green sector generated more than £43bn and employed nearly a quarter-of-a-million people in 2015, official figures have revealed. Businesses working in renewable energy and low-carbon technology and products had a turnover of £43.1bn — worth 1.3% of total UK non-financial turnover, the Office for National Statistics said.

The equivalent of 234,000 full-time employees were working directly in the sector, which covers everything from wind farms to low-emission vehicles and charging points, the data shows.

Renewable energy, ranging from offshore wind to domestic solar panels, generated £14.9bn, while energy-efficiency products and services, such as installing insulation and designing sustainable buildings, generated £13.9bn.

More than half of the UK’s turnover from onshore wind activities was generated in Scotland, with a turnover of £1.5bn, the figures show. Together, direct and indirect economic activity associated with the renewable and low-carbon sectors, generated an estimated £77.7bn and employed the equivalent of 432,000 full-time staff.

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