clear strategy on green economy has potential to deliver 90,000 new jobs
Almost 90,000 jobs could be created if the Government develops a "coherent vision and strategy" for boosting the green economy, a group of businesses have claimed.
A report from the Irish Corporate Leaders on Climate Change says opportunities exist in wind energy, buildings, electrification, smart grid, green financing and agriculture and called for Government leadership.
The companies say the Government is wrong to worry about the cost of environmental measures.
They say spending should be considered an investment in a low-carbon future, which will help create jobs.
"We must think about maximising Ireland's benefit, not just minimising cost," the companies said yesterday.
Our picture shows(from left) Gerry Ryan of Bord na Mona; Margot Slattery of Sodexo; David Smith of Diageo Ireland; Tina Roche of Business in the Community; Carolanne Henry of Vodafone Ireland; Joe Curtin, senior research fellow with the IIEA, with the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton.