The Green Party welcomes the allocation of €524m to climate and biodiversity led projects as the Government today (1st June) publishes details of the €1 billion National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
Brian Leddin TD and Green Party Spokesperson for Transport, Climate Action and Environment stated;
“This allocation represents over 52% of the overall €1 billion budget in the plan. This reflects the Government’s commitment to making climate action a priority in order to secure a better future for our country, providing secure employment in both rural and urban areas and protecting our environment.”
Some of the projects include:
- A loan guarantee system that will allow for the low-cost retrofitting of homes.
- Investment in Cork commuter rail, providing significant capacity increases on the Cork Area Commuter Rail network as well as investment to allow for the future electrification of the service.
- Provision of supports for Irish SMEs and exporters to address their emissions, and by investing in carbon measurement and abatement technologies for manufacturing companies.
- A €20 million River Basin Management Plan to upgrade a minimum of 10 waste water treatment plants not currently scheduled for upgrade.
- A Public Sector Retrofit Pathfinder Project to undertake the deep retrofit of public office accommodation.
The plan also has a strong focus on return to work and training with €181m investment to address the challenges of the future with particular focus on the green economy. The SOLAS Green Skills Action programme will provide training to address climate and low carbon economy issues, while a work placement programme and the expansion of Technological Universities will develop expertise and provide opportunities in Ireland’s future green economy.
Senator Róisín Garvey, Green Party Spokesperson for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, welcomed the investment in green skills and the employment opportunities it will provide;
“The jobs of the future will be green, and it is hugely important that we build up those skills across the country. These training programmes will provide the skills necessary to address climate and low carbon economy issues and allow us to push forward with our plans to retrofit homes and create the infrastructure needed to meet our climate goals.”
This funding is part of the NextGenerationEU recovery instrument to address immediate economic and social damage brought about by the coronavirus pandemic with a view to making Post-Covid Europe greener, more digital, more resilient and better fit for the current and forthcoming challenges.
Senator Pauline O’Reilly, Green Party Spokesperson for Education and Higher Education welcomed the EU investment in Ireland’s education and skills;
“Investing in people is key to delivering a Green future. I’m delighted today to announce that Ireland is applying for €225 million in European funding to deliver on education and upskill our citizens. This investment will deliver a Green Economy by increasing our apprenticeships and research, as well as investment in Technical Universities and work placement.”
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