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					Overview of Comhar SDC
    Green New Deal
       Noel Casserly
   Director, Comhar SDC
   Environ 2010 – Limerick 18th February, 2010
 Comhar SDC: Who we are

• Established by government in 1999   • Working Groups on key
  building on experience of social      thematic issues:
  partnership                            – Biodiversity
• Mandate from Minister for              – Climate Change & Energy
  Environment                            – Green New Deal
• Independent chairman and 25            – Education & Awareness
  members representing stakeholders   • Evidence based policy
  from 5 pillars:                       analysis informs Council
    – Environmental                     recommendations
    – Community                       • Outreach: Publications,
    – Economic                          workshops and events,
    – Professional/ academic            website, Chairman‟s
    – State.                            commentary
                   GND Report – Policy context
•   Comhar SDC’s GND Report published
    in October 2009.

•   Policy Context:

Global
•  July 2008 - New Economics Foundation report
•  Feb. 2009 UNEP report - “A Global Green New Deal”
•  Feb. 2009 - Grantham Research Institute report
•  Feb. 2009 World Resources Institute – “Green Global
   Recovery”
•  April 2009 – UK SDC – “Sustainable New Deal”

Ireland
•    Oct. 2008 Forfas Report on Environmental Goods and
     Services
•    December 2008 Government policy document “Building
     Ireland‟s Smart Economy: A Framework for Sustainable
     Economic Renewal”
       – “implement a „new green deal‟ to move us away
           from fossil fuel-based energy production through
           investment in renewable energy and to promote the
           green enterprise sector and the creation of „green-
           collar‟ jobs”. (Extract taken from pg.9) .”
       Why a Green New Deal?
• Economic challenges
   – Rising unemployment
   – Government deficit
• Environmental challenges
   – Climate change
   – Ecosystem degradation
• Energy challenges
   – Security of supply
   – Affordability
   – Sustainability


      Green New Deal addresses all of the above.
Green Stimulus as a Share of GDP

  Global Share               0.7%
         China                                               3.0%
   South Korea                                               3.0%
       Sweden                         1.3%
      Australia                      1.2%
         Japan                0.8%
  United States              0.7%
      Germany          0.5%
       Norway         0.4%
        Ireland      0.4%
        France       0.3%

              0.0%   0.5%     1.0%    1.5%   2.0%   2.5%   3.0%     3.5%
         Priority Areas for GND
•   Seven Priority Areas proposed:
    1. Improving the energy efficiency of existing
       housing stock
    2. Scaling up Renewable Energy
    3. Redesigning the National Grid
    4. Providing Sustainable Mobility
    5. Public Sector Investments
    6. Skills and Training
    7. Building Green Infrastructure
           Job Creation Potential
• Examples of the type of areas where new jobs will be
  created include:
   –   Civil, chemical and structural engineering
   –   Plant maintenance and operation
   –   Research & Development
   –   Insulation and home energy appliances
   –   Plumbing, electrical work
   –   Software programming, ICT sector
   –   Forest maintenance and timber processing
• Further research on skills and training needs underway
• Comhar Recommendations on skills and training needs
  for GND in 2010
             GND and Green Enterprise
Priority Area              Green Enterprise Opportunities

Building Retrofitting      Supply and manufacture of energy efficiency
                           equipment and products e.g. boilers, insulation
                           materials, heating controls

Renewables                 Ocean energy, bioenergy, small-scale
                           renewables, ICT technology, nanotechnology,
                           solar PV materials, wind offshore devices, R&D,
                           logistics, electricity exports

Smart Grid                 Grid infrastructure, demand side management
                           technology and devices, R&D

Sustainable Mobility       2nd generation biofuels, ICT technology for
                           electric vehicles, R&D

Green Infrastructure       Supports employment in agriculture, forestry, food
                           and tourism sectors


Green Public Procurement   Supply of low carbon, resource efficient products
                           and services
             A word of caution….
• The development of a green economy should not be viewed as a
  short-term answer to Ireland‟s economic problems.
• As with all business, green business carries significant risk.
• Green business failures happen – as they inevitably will As the
  numbers of green start-ups grow, we need to tolerate some level of
  failure.
• This must be acknowledged by political leaders and economic
  commentators.
• Green Enterprise is part of the long-term solution for the challenge
  posed by climate change, which offers economic returns and
  enhanced quality of life, and ecological resilience.
• Need to transition from conventional to innovative sustainable
  low-carbon economy and society.

				
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