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MEP encourages responses to consultation on ‘green’ energy

6 July, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has encouraged people to become more involved in the debate about renewable energy and to respond to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) consultation on a more sustainable energy future in the Strategic Energy Framework.

Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:

“Climate change represents one of the most serious issues facing us. We need a joined up approach that puts the green economy at the heart of economic development. Ireland is also one of the best placed countries in Europe to take advantage of renewable energy.  

“I believe the Executive and the Irish Government should put renewable energy production at the heart of all-Ireland economic planning and become world leaders. The best way to achieve some of the economies of scale required to progress this is by planning on an all-Ireland basis.

“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. 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.

“Now more than ever we need to fully commit to progressing to a green economy and to investing in innovation and clean technologies. The economic downturn should embolden us to make the jump to the new, green economy more quickly so that many of the old problems of oil demand and energy consumption can be dealt with.” ENDS

Note to Editors

Ms de Brún was a member of the European Parliament Environment Committee, and the European Parliament Temporary Committee on Climate Change in the last term of the Parliament and was part of the delegation to the UN Climate Change talks in Poznan, Poland earlier this year.  She recently gave evidence to the Assembly Environment Committee Inquiry into Climate Change (June 11th).

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