Panel member Paul Ekins was one of eight leading business and policy voices to be asked to contribute to a collection of essays entitled Industrial Strategy Fit for the Future: Perspectives on Building a Competitive UK Economy, released today by the Green Alliance.

The writers said low-carbon development and resource efficiency should be embedded in a modern industrial strategy, and that failure to do so risked wasting the opportunities provided by a green economy.

In his essay, Professor Ekins, citing the findings of the International Resource Panel's recent report, Resource Efficiency: Potential and Economic Implications, said there were substantial opportunities for increasing resource efficiency across most sectors of the economy, and that there was convincing evidence that resource efficiency would deliver macroeconomic benefits. "The governments of the world's largest economies are, it seems, increasingly paying attention to the evidence that higher resource efficiency can deliver economic, environmental and resource benefits," he said.