Responding to the report, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said:
This report shows that it is possible to boost the economy while at the same time we improve the environment.
It’s fantastic to have these highly respected business leaders come up with so many potential opportunities for businesses. This independent report outlines ideas at the cutting edge of new markets which value and protect our natural environment.
It adds new ideas and thinking in many areas that we’re already enthusiastically pursuing: such as biodiversity offsetting, anaerobic digestion and imaginative water management. We’ll be looking at all the recommendations and responding formally in the Summer.