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DUP Ministerial promise to seek ‘Green jobs’ welcomed

2 February, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has welcomed DUP Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster's promise to try and maximise the potential of sustainable energy production to create 'green jobs'.

Ms de Brún said:

"I have been arguing for some considerable time, not least through the EU Task Force, that we need to look seriously at the potential to create 'green jobs' particularly in the area of energy from renewable resources.

"I had already written to the Arlene Foster on this issue and look forward to meeting with the Minister in order to explore how her department and indeed the whole Executive can maximise EU funding to support the development of a green economy through renewables and other clean technologies. The EU climate and energy package and the EU economic recovery plan, could potentially deliver millions to produce sustainable energy, tackle fuel poverty and create jobs.

"It is important that we see a real commitment across the entire Executive to the agenda of sustainable energy, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. We need an integrated plan and ambitious targets to make us part of any emerging global 'Green Deal'.

"I have consistently argued that the Executive needs to look at the potential of green technologies, and particularly green energy and energy conservation to tackle fuel poverty and create jobs as well as tackling rising energy demand, meeting energy efficiency and renewable energy targets and reducing CO2 emissions.

"Opening up an all-Ireland energy market could also help bring down prices, particularly for electricity and enable us to be in better position to benefit from a new green deal to help re-launch the global economy. At a time of economic recession the opportunities presented by renewables and energy conservation should be seen as an incentive to improve energy efficiency, reduce emissions and create much needed employment." ENDS

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