The Green Party have reacted to comments made by the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maros Sefcovic, that Ireland risks losing tech sector investment as a result of government inaction on climate change. During his visit to Dublin this week, Vice-President Sefcovic said the State risks significant fines if it misses its 2020 emission reduction targets and may suffer in its ability to attract foreign investment as a result.
Green Party Spokesperson for Enterprise, Hazel Chu: “Ireland has become the European hub for a whole host of tech companies and the sector has become an important part of our knowledge economy. It’s crucially important that we remain competitive in this sector. Vice-President Sefcovic is right when he says that tech companies want to use renewable energy, live in a clean environment, promote technology, and have a very clean ‘environmental story’, and when the government fails to show leadership in this area, it makes us less competitive.”
Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD reacted to the Vice-Commissioner’s comments that workers in industries such as turf production must not be abandoned as we move to a low-carbon future: “We can’t really say we’re surprised. This is not the first time the Green Party have spoken out on an issue such as this only to have European leaders later confirm exactly what we have been saying all along. It happened recently in relation to plastics when we were seeking to advance our Waste Reduction Bill, and it’s happening again now only a couple of days after we launched our Just Transition Bill to help ensure workers are not left behind as we move towards a cleaner economy.”
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