Local Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan has welcomed the publication of Delivering our Green Potential, the Government’s Policy Statement on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy.
“We have cutting-edge companies already operating in the green sector in Tipperary and now we have outlined our ambitions for job and growth in the green economy. The announcement represents delivery of a key commitment under the Action Plan for Jobs 2012,” said Deputy Coonan.
It has been estimated that up to an additional 10,000 jobs could be created in certain green economy activities in Ireland by 2015 – not including the potential that exists in green financial services, agriculture, marine or tourism.
Actions committed to be delivered by Government to realise this potential include ensuring that, on average, at least 200MW of new renewable generation connected to the grid each year, introduce legislation to provide for a new offshore licensing and permitting regime and target growth in Green Tourism.
“Through Enterprise Ireland, we will work with indigenous companies to identify and develop export opportunities for green goods and services. Through IDA Ireland, we will seek to attract more green financial services companies to Tipperary and Ireland.
We will also introduce a Pay As You Save scheme to replace the Better Energy Homes scheme from 2014, and a strand of the PAYS scheme to improve energy efficiency in the public and commercial sectors in 2013,” said Deputy Coonan.
Copies of this report are available at Deputy Coonan’s office on Main Street, Templemore.