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de Brún proposes new Stormont Committee on Green Jobs

5 May, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for the setting up of a new joint Assembly committee to look at Job Creation through the use of Renewable Energy.   The committee would be an Ad hoc Joint Committee established for that purpose under standing order 64 C.   The new committee would bring together members of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee, the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Employment and Learning Committee.   It would also work closely with the Sub-Committee on Job Creation through Use of Renewable Energy Resources of the Joint Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the Oireachtas.   Ms de Brún said:   “There is a real potential to create jobs within the renewable energy sector but it will not happen unless we take a strategic approach. Ireland is blessed with an abundance of the natural resources required to develop renewable energy; what is required is the development and use of the skills and expertise to make the most of them   “We need to drive forward the potential of renewable energy to create jobs through strategic investment, built upon a skills programme and targeted support for innovation.   “We need to put ourselves in a position to become world leaders not just in the generation of renewable energy but also in developing the technology, producing and selling our products across the world. Obviously the effective way to take forward this agenda is on an all Ireland basis, working closely with colleagues in the Oireachtas.   “I firmly believe that we should not focus only on the big scale products but should look also at smaller scale community based initiatives. There is also clearly a role within our farming and rural communities to be part of delivering growth in the generation of renewable energy.   “There are substantial opportunities in renewable energy and energy efficiency that can deliver a significant boost to local economy and help us tackle climate change and fuel poverty.” ENDS

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