Obama's green vision 'could leave UK trailing'

US president elect Barack Obama's campaign commitments to support the green technology sector could leave the UK behind unless the government takes bold steps, according to the Environmental Industries Commission.

The US president elect's New Energy for America plan proposes investing $150 billion (£95.7 billion) in the green technology sector and the EIC wants the UK government to offer domestic industry the same support.

Under the plan five million jobs in the environmental sector would be created as the government strives to reduce electricity demand by 15 per cent by 2020.

Adrian Wilkes, EIC chairman, welcomed Obama' plan but warned that the UK would have to work hard to keep up.

He said: "The government must back UK companies to seize the opportunity to lead the world in environmental technologies, or else millions of jobs that could have been created in the UK will go abroad to countries like the US that are putting in place comprehensive support programmes."

Recently passed climate change legislation in the UK, which calls for cutting emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, is the "world's strongest" according to UNICEF UK.

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