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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