Adapting economic activity throughout much of the entire economy is crucial to reflect the national and global political and economic priorities needed to reduce carbon emissions and develop a sustainable society.  Key elements of the ‘green economy’ include environmental protection, reduction of waste, low carbon industry, sustainable development and utilising renewable energy. However, it is notoriously difficult to identify and analyse business activity in the ‘green economy’ due to insufficient data being available publicly and no standard definition existing. TBR can utilise our data observatory to undertake robust, tested and accurate methodologies to map and analyse the ‘green economy’.

TBR provides clients with the capability to either use an existing or a custom-made definition of the ‘green’ sector in order to precisely meet their research needs.  Definitions can be adapted to different technology or locational focus. As a leading consultancy in the analysis of sectors and the spatial distribution of businesses, clusters and their supply chains, TBR is very well placed to do this.

It is possible for TBR to identify and analyse the size of such sectors, supply chains, profile inward investment, analyse local and growing business and capture contact information. This enables us to investigate aspects of the economy that are considered new or ‘hard to reach’. We can also use the data observatory to examine  skills requirements for the low-carbon economy.


TBR has developed solutions for mapping the economic activity within the ‘green economy’ that moves well beyond the restraints of SIC codes.  We have successfully completed work for a number of organisations to help them understand and plan for a low carbon economy.

TBR can provide transparent and robust measurements, and market intelligence, on the green economy that allows for an assessment of the impact of the current and future low carbon economy to be understood and in turn enable policy makers to identify priorities and areas of intervention. Such expert analytical skills have already been utilised by government departments, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, trade and sector bodies, private sector companies and other organisations to explore the green economy. 

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Contact Martin Houghton to find out more about our environment research and consultancy services.