The green economy can make a significant contribution to Ireland’s economy by creating employment and export opportunities in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and consultancy, waste management, recovery and recycling, and water and wastewater treatment.
The Group on Green Enterprise was mandated to identify areas where Ireland could succeed in the green economy and was charged with identifying key road blockages for the green economy and ways to overcome these. The actions set out in this report are based on group members’ views identified over the course of the meetings, with research provided by Forfás.
No major shifts in policy are required in order to capture the green wave, but significant hurdles remain. Ireland must respond quickly and flexibly to build competitive advantages and capture emerging opportunities. Swift implementation of the actions set out in this report is essential in order to maximise the potential for Ireland to seize the wide array of opportunities in the fast-growing green economy sector.