Traditional UK industries often caused a lot of pollution. Modern industrial development aims to be more environmentally sustainable. Some developments are leading the way with new ideas and technologies.
The London Sustainable Industries Park is located on the Thames Gateway to the east of the city. It was built on the site of the former Dagenham Ford car factory (a brownfield site) and it provides space for nine different businesses. The park is well-connected by the underground network, the national rail network, the M25 motorway and City airport.
The three initial organisations located in the park work on recycling, researching sustainability issues and using food waste to generate biogas. Other similar organisations will move in over time. The aim is that they will all work with one another through a closed loop system - sharing resources and ideas, and exchanging waste and by-products. The government have invested money into this park because they believe that this is a good model for the future of industry in the UK.