International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has announced Government support for companies wanting to export climate resilience infrastructure.

He was speaking at the second UK Trade and Export Finance Forum, hosted by UK Export Finance (UKEF) to mark the organisation’s 100th anniversary and to celebrate its role in supporting UK exports over the last century.

UKEF and the Environment Agency will, Mr Fox explained, work together to help UK suppliers with expertise in climate change adaptation deliver infrastructure projects and services across the globe.

“British firms are world-leading at supporting climate change adaptation,” he said. “By focusing on climate change, UKEF will help communities across the world, as well as ensure businesses across the UK can capitalise on this fast-expanding export industry.”

UKEF and the Environment Agency will work together to help UK suppliers with expertise in climate change adaptation deliver infrastructure projects and services across the globe.

The International Trade Secretary also announced the signing of a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between UKEF and AECOM Limited, to promote the UK’s expertise in this sector.

The new partnership will see AECOM commit to boosting procurement from the UK for its overseas projects and deepening its UK supply chain, while UKEF has affirmed its willingness to support AECOM’s priority projects.

Peter Skinner, Chief Executive — Environment and Ground Engineering, Europe, Middle East and Africa, AECOM, said: “The UK possesses vital technical skills that can help international governments mitigate the impacts of climate change on communities, businesses and economies.”

Signing this new MOU with UKEF will, he went on, provide AECOM with the opportunity to bring its UK capabilities and wider supply chain to a broader market, using its extensive climate adaptation expertise, which includes flood and coastal risk management, to support the projects and countries most in need.

Last reviewed 11 June 2019