Ireland must aim to become an innovation hub to capture green jobs

Fine Gael Climate Action Spokesperson and Dublin Fingal TD, Alan Farrell has called for a multi-departmental approach to developing the green technology sector in Ireland. Speaking in advance of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd, Deputy Farrell said the move would allow us to take advantage of a new wave of economic development.

Deputy Farrell said, “As we begin to change the way in which we generate energy, namely through wind and solar, as well as changing how our businesses and wider society meet our climate responsibilities, we will have the opportunity to be on the forefront of a new international economic sector.”

“I believe that we can, through the development of R&D funds, business incentives and innovative policies, some of which are already in place, attract companies to grow in Ireland as part of this emerging sector. This would not be the first time we have managed to forge new economic paths in emerging technologies, by using our high rate of third level education, geographical position and comparatively young population, we can create a culture of innovation.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “The expansion of no carbon energy sources will bring with it skilled, well-paid jobs and lead to a host of jobs supported in the local communities. This will not just benefit our major cities but also have the ability to support business in towns and villages in rural Ireland.”

“A range of supports announced in 2020’s July Stimulus, has laid the ground work for the development of the kind of funds we will need to invest in, including the Green Enterprise Fund, this combined with apprentice and retraining schemes and schemes such as the Climate Ready initiative announced by Minister Simon Harris on April 7th, will ensure that we have a foundation to build upon.”

“While we will have to make significant changes to how our society operates, this does not mean that all of the changes will be negative, a great many of them will improve the efficiency, cost and quality of our daily lives. It is also true that we have made progress since the Paris Agreement in 2015, we must now think about what more we can do, a ‘Paris+’ attitude must be adopted to see us through this challenge.”