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30-11-2020

Investing in a Green Future - Ireland’s transition to a Green Economy

The European Parliament Liaison Office in Ireland, European Movement Ireland and the German Embassy in Ireland, this morning held an online discussion this morning entitled Investing in a Green Future – Ireland’s transition to a Green Economy.

We heard opening comments from the panel of speakers:
-Grace O'Sullivan MEP
-Richard Bruton TD
-Ambassador Deike Potzel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ireland
-Michael Schrodi, Member of the Bundestag
-John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Irish government’s Climate Change Advisory Council

The discussion was moderated by Ella Mc Sweeney.

Grace O'Sullivan, MEP for Ireland South who spoke at the even commented, “I’m very much looking forward to engaging in a constructive conversation around how we are transitioning into a Green economy, where the value of people, well-being and a healthy planet are equally acknowledged and supported. Investment is a crucial component as we transition into a Greener way of living into the future and I’ll be looking at how support from the highest levels of the European Parliament and Commission must be targetted at spending that enhances both the planet and people in their day to day lives.”

Richard Bruton TD, Chairperson of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and TD for Dublin Bay North said, “If our homes, our enterprises, our jobs and our farms are to be resilient for the future and for our children after us, we need to start the transformation to a low carbon economy now. Those who put it off will face higher costs and risk stranded assets. There are huge opportunities for those who are early movers. Covid-19 has caused us all to re-evaluate our priorities. We have a unique opportunity to take a better road”.

Ambassador Deike Potzel, Ambassador of Germany to Ireland; Michael Schrodi, Member of the Bundestag and Prof. John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Irish government’s Climate Change Advisory Council also spoke at the event which was moderated by journalist, Ella Mc Sweeney. Speakers highlighted German Presidency priorities with regard to climate work, in particular on the investment and job opportunities a Green economy brings to Ireland and Europe.

Watch event here