Enterprise Ireland has launched an international campaign, “Ready for a Green Future”, designed to promote Irish green innovators delivering sustainable and low carbon solutions to tackle climate challenge. The campaign, which features 10 Irish companies, including Cygnum and Ecocem, showcases Irish green innovators who are solving complex technical challenges and delivering sustainable and low carbon solutions to make renewable energy viable, reduce energy waste with smart technology, reduce agricultural waste, and make construction cleaner.
Launching the programme for St Patrick’s Day, Táinaiste Leo Varadkar said that St Patrick’s Day is the day the world turns green as we come together to celebrate our national holiday. “It’s also a great opportunity to showcase Ireland’s green innovators and the positive contribution they are making to industries across the world,”
The Táinaiste added that moving away from fossil fuels and decoupling emissions from economic progress is the biggest challenge facing this generation.
“Ireland is fully committed to playing its part in the global effort. We are committed to reducing emissions by 7% on average by 2030 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” he added.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, said that a key strategic priority for Enterprise Ireland is to support Irish companies to reduce their carbon footprint and capitalise on opportunities emerging from the low-carbon transition.
“As Irish businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19, we also need to build resilience and work with researchers and innovators to ensure Irish companies are fully prepared and have the capabilities in place to meet the challenges of climate change, and the substantial changes required across society to meet national and EU emissions targets, new standards, changing consumer and buyer preferences,” the Enterprise Ireland CEO said.
She added that research, innovation and new technologies will play a vital role in enabling a greener future.
“At a time when there is a strong focus on a green recovery across the world, across the European Union and in Ireland, this St Patrick’s Day, we are showcasing some of Ireland’s best green innovators and key actors in our research and innovation ecosystem. They are enabling industries such as agriculture, construction and transport to be more sustainable, making buildings greener, cutting pollution and supporting renewable energy production,” Julie Sinnamon concluded.
The 10 Irish green innovators featured in the Ready for a Green Future campaign are:
– Abbey Machinery
– Hanley Energy
– Ocean Energy, and