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Renewable energy must now be put centre stage in Ireland

26 June, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that Gordon Brown's comments and the launch of today's announcement on a 'green revolution' consultation should act as a spur for the North of Ireland to put renewable energy centre stage in our economic development plans.

Ms de Brún said

"By helping to meet our share of the European Union target of achieving 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources such as wind and tidal power as well as solar power and biomass, we can boost the local economy, and create jobs while meeting the challenge of climate change.

"The world economy is moving to meet this challenge and the Executive needs to ensure that we don't get left behind. We have wind, wave and tidal resources here and we have some great individual projects. We also have the possibility to work on cross-border projects. The Executive must provide the push and the incentives for the development of renewables on both a small-scale and large scale, and to move beyond individual projects to put the development of renewable energy firmly centre stage in our economic development plans.

"The moment is right with the forthcoming Action Plan from the EU Task Force and the recent US investment conference. What we need is the drive, the foresight and the political will from our leaders." Críoch

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