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"Smart Productivity" - Transforming English regions through sustainable economic growth

10 Jul 2006

By creating 100,000 new jobs, levering over £754million of private sector investment and bringing back 1,000 hectares of brownfield back into use during a 12 month period , the nine English Regional Development Agencies continue to demonstrate their key role in meeting the Government’s goal of sustainable development. Today sees the release of ‘Smart Productivity’ – an RDA publication which reveals how investment in sustainable development initiatives can contribute to long term economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion. Richard Ellis, chair of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) said: “Sustainable development is key to the work of all regional development agencies. Our unique role within the regions gives us the opportunity to plan for long term gain rather than quick fixes. By encouraging business to make better use of their resources, fostering innovation to get more from less and providing the workforce with the right skills, we can truly say we are leading the sustainability economic growth agenda.” ‘Smart Productivity’ focuses on RDA investments which deliver the five drivers of productivity and the 4 priorities of UK Sustainable Development Strategy. In each of these areas there are regional success stories to tell: · Enterprise – growing the wind power sector in the East of England to bring both economic and environmental benefits for the UK. · Competition – through new uses for recycled glass in London to energy saving support in the North West · Investment – by supporting wood chip fuel production in Northumberland and new ways to regenerate in Bristol city centre · Innovation – developing technology to end the energy drain of electrical devices in Yorkshire · Skills – making better use of resources in the West Midlands to develop skills in the economically inactive . . “The examples in ‘Smart Productivity’ demonstrate the many areas on which we lead and how the RDAs are trying to do things differently. We still have a long journey to make towards creating a low carbon economy, but I am very hopeful that we are getting closer ‘’ Ian Pearson, Minister of State, Climate Change and the Environment said, “Faced with the increasing pressures on our environment and natural resources, it is essential that we move towards a pattern of more sustainable economic growth. This is an exciting time for innovation and creativity. England’s Regional Development Agency’s (RDAs) are central to the regions’ delivery and this publication illustrates exactly how RDAs are achieving economic success in a way that delivers our key UK goals on sustainable development - thus turning the philosophy of ‘Smart Productivity’ into reality. In our publication ‘Securing the Regions’ Futures’, we committed to working with RDAs to publish further case studies on Smart Productivity and I hope this publication inspires further innovative work in the regions”. To request a copy or download a version of ‘Smart Productivity’ log on to: - ends - Notes to editors: About EEDA The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) holds the lead role on sustainable for the English RDAs. EEDA is the driving force behind sustainable economic regeneration in the East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. The vision is for the East of England is to create a leading economy, founded on a world class knowledge base, creativity and enterprise to improve the quality of life for all who live and work here. EEDA aims to do this by: 1. Setting and shaping the direction of economic development in the region 2. Persuading and influencing others to bring resources together, so that innovative ways of solving challenging economic issues are found 3. Investing in imaginative projects that challenge the norm and will have a significant impact on economic development in the region. These aims are delivered through the four key areas of Business Support, Enterprise Hubs, Investing in Communities, and Regional Renaissance. For further information visit For further press information Tony Taylorson, press officer at EEDA, tel: 01223 484699, mobile: 07734 147345, email:

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