UK trade in a decarbonising world



29 November, 2017

The UK will be redefining its place in the world through new trade negotiations and there will be an estimated £17.5 trillion worth of low carbon investment in emerging economies between now and 2030. This is an unprecedented opportunity for UK businesses with low carbon expertise.

In this report, produced jointly with CAFOD, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF, we look at how well the UK is positioned for low carbon trade and highlight key sectors where there are weaknesses. We make recommendations for how the government can address them.

Correction: There was an error in the first issue of this publication (on page 12 of the pdf):  £211 billion was cited as the level of UK investment in smart grids in emerging economies, when, in fact, this is the total level of investment. This has now been corrected.


Angela Francis
Tom Kelsey
Paul McNamee
Costanza Poggi

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