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Prime Minister supports UK Environment Week (www.ukenvironmentweek.org)
Beginning with the United Nations' designated World Environment Day on 5 June, UK Environment Week highlighted the UK's excellence in providing environmental solutions to businesses across the world. Led by examples from companies such as B&Q and English Partnerships, UK Environment Week highlighted the advantages of sustainable development to business and consumers.
The Prime Minister stated: "I am delighted to support UK Environment Week 5-11 June 2000, which is dedicated to promoting the UK environmental industry. We are now, more than ever, aware of the potentially negative impact of business on the environment, whatever the size or nature of the business. There can only be positive results from developing sustainably – from benefiting your own bottom line to benefiting tomorrow's industry to benefiting the environment in which we all live."
During the week, English Partnerships hosted an exhibition and conference of environmental excellence at the Dome, bringing to life the concept of "Profiting from the Environment".
The week created the biggest environmental networking opportunity ever seen in the UK, by running wide and varied programmes of activities in a single week. Other companies championing UK Environment Week and its messages include Safeway, the British Marine Industries Federation, the British Standards Institution, Environ 2000 and the Institutes of Wastes Management.
UK Environment Week also highlighted the UK's leading role in providing the technology and management skills needed to reap the benefits both here and overseas. The organisers of ET2000 were integrally involved in this first UK Environment Week and have worked closely with the DTI and its Joint Environmental Markets Unit (JEMU), DETR and Environment Agency in developing plans. Events were run by many different organisations and aimed at international, national, regional and local audiences. The emphasis was on business, but consumer and educational events were encouraged.
Environ 2000 organised a series of business to business meetings throughout UK Environment Week, supported by both the European Union's Enterprise and Asia Invest Enterprise. They were held in and around Liverpool 6-8 June 2000 and aim to bring together small and medium-sized companies in various environmental sectors including water and wastewater bio-technology treatment, solid waste management, renewable and energy from waste, waste minimisation, sustainable regeneration and recycling services.