The Government has published ‘Delivering our Green Potential’, a Policy Statement on Growth and Employment in the Green Economy. The document outlines the Government’s ambition for growth and job-creation in the various sectors which make up the Green Economy, as well as the range of actions committed to be delivered in order to deliver on this ambition.

The Green Economy globally is worth more than $5 trillion, employs more than 30 million people, and is projected to grow at 3.7% per year over the coming years. It has been estimated that up to an additional 10,000 jobs could be created in certain green economy activities in Ireland by 2015 – not including the potential that exists in green financial services, agriculture, marine or tourism.

Actions committed to be delivered by Government to realise this potential include:

* Ensure that, on average, at least 200MW of new renewable generation connected to the grid each year;

* Introduce legislation to provide for a new offshore licensing and permitting regime;

* Introduce a Pay As You Save scheme to replace the Better Energy Homes scheme from 2014, and a strand of the PAYS scheme to improve energy efficiency in the public and commercial sectors in 2013;

* Through Enterprise Ireland, work with indigenous companies to identify and develop export opportunities for green goods and services;

* Through IDA Ireland, seek to attract more green financial services companies to Ireland;

* Support a sustainable approach to agriculture through Food Harvest 2020;

* Target growth in Green Tourism;

* Prioritise research and development in areas including Sustainable Food, Marine Renewable Energy and Smart Grids/Cities as per Research Prioritisation Report.

The document also sets out mechanisms to ensure delivery of the measures outlined. Delivering on the potential of the green economy requires a whole-of Government approach, and will be overseen by the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and the Green Economy, which is chaired by the Taoiseach.

The Minister for Jobs,Enterpriseand Innovation, Richard Bruton TD will report to that Committee on progress in delivering commitments on a regular basis. In addition, the Minister will establish and chair an industry-focused Consultative Committee on the Green Economy to identify emerging opportunities for Ireland in the green economy, and will involve representatives of private industry as well as other stakeholders.

Minister Bruton comments: “As many commentators have recognised over recent years, the green economy is a sector where Ireland has major potential for jobs growth, due to the rapid growth of the sector globally, our natural advantages in the sector as well as our business-friendly and open economy. We also have cutting-edge companies, both indigenous and multinational, already operating in this sector, and a world-class research and development system. It is estimated that well over 10,000 extra jobs could be created over the next number of years, and we are determined to act decisively across Government to ensure that the proper measures are put in place to realise this potential.”

A copy of the report can be found at www.djei.ie/publications/enterprise/2012/Delivering_Our_Green_Potential.pdf.

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About kingstonrenewableenergy

Kingston Renewable Energy (KRE), Hydropower products, wind energy, renewable energy products, We manufacture, supply and install. Richard Kingston KRE is the home of Fluxy, a beautiful Irish made wind turbine designed to last several life-times, and a host of other Hydro products branded under KRE hydro. KRE HYDRO- KRE are currently installing a range of Hydro products including high head low flow systems and low head high flow. These are pelton and Turgo types for high head, crossflow Banki turbines for medium to low head and Powerpal for Ultra low head. We also plan to introduce a custom timber/steel/aluminium waterwheel service for those of you who are lucky enough to have disused mills on their land and who would like to restore them to their former glory (and make a healthy profit in the process). All hydro installations are custom designed. This is necessary because everybody's land and water resource is different and to benefit from the highest efficiency and lowest payback time the hydro system must be customized according to what flow, penstock length required, and what head is available. Hydropower is currently by far the most cost effective renewable resource in Ireland under the existing Feed in tariff structure and export rate of 9c per unit (wholesale rate for bigger systems is €0.087/kWh). It is surprising how much energy is to be harvested from even a small stream and we are offering 4 to 7 year payback times on average and high profits thereafter. KRE FLUXY- It has been a long journey from when I originally set out to buy a wind turbine to power my own house in 2007 and discovered that the existing machines on offer in the market failed to meet my desires as a customer; that is, to possess an aesthetically designed machine with a low embodied carbon footprint and a long design lifespan. This led to my resolve to make this a possibility as I knew there were other like minded folks out there who had the same needs when buying into renewable energy. I have always been a keen environmental activist and had a strong understanding of engineering and material sciences which enabled me to see failings in the high tech electronically controlled machines commonly available today. These weaknesses come from over complicating the wind system with servo motors, sensors, gear trains, relays and logic circuits; fine for large utility scale turbines which are constantly monitored and have continual maintenance on site but not for a small wind turbine in the back yard to run the house. I could see that wind turbines needed to be brought back to a less complicated yet modern design that would withstand time and the turbulent and violent winds we see in Ireland and fulfilling the old engineers adage of ‘KISS’ or ‘keep it simple stupid’. With less component parts, there are less things to go wrong. My vision was to create a machine that offered the benefits of being an economic investment, a positive for the environment and also to be a design piece that our customers are proud to have flying in their grounds. And so, I present you with the fully mechanical Kingston Renewable Energy Fluxy wind turbine. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or think you may have a good wind site. We will happily do a site assessment come rain or shine. Stay posted for the monthly blogs from our inspirational team here at KRE. Check out our latest installments in our crusade to get higher feed-in tariffs in Ireland so that we can compete with the rest of Europe in the micro-generation stakes. The Hydro section of our website will be updated shortly to show our newest installations and showcase our products. Yours sincerely, Richard Kingston

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