Comhar - the Irish Sustainable Development Commission - has today launched its 'Green New Deal' document outlining an alternative, green, sustainable and low carbon path to economic recovery in the Republic.
As someone who has worked on the GND for NI (and as someone who had some small input into this report), I am extremely pleased and welcome it obviously.
Some of the report's findings include:
· Revive the Irish economy and create job opportunities through building an innovative, low-carbon and resource efficient society.
· Protect ecosystems and biodiversity while reducing fossil fuel dependency.
· Provide for greater social inclusion through stimulating new green jobs, reducing fuel poverty and delivering better access to transport.
· Build ecological resilience and capacity to adapt to climate change.
It recommends focusing on the following areas:
· Improve the energy efficiency of existing housing stock
· Renewable Energy
· Transforming the National Grid
· Delivering Sustainable Mobility
· Public Sector Investments
· Skills and Training
· Green Infrastructure
All of which the report argues would create hundreds of thousdands of jobs, create economic activity as well as enhancing energy security, begin dealing with peak oil ('leave oil before it leaves us' as it were) and reducing CO2 emissions.
The report has been discussed in today's Irish Time's by Jim Gibbon
The timing of this is interesting in that the Green party has begun negotiations with Fianna Fail about reviewing the Programme for Government and its clear the junior coalition party is going to push for greater 'greening' of that programme and has a list of radical policy demands that may, given the weakened state of FF, be delivered upon.
I'd like to think that there was some synchronisation involved....and good luck to the Green negotiating team in pushing the FFers as far as possible to implement some radical policy changes.