NI Manufacturing Meet DETI Minister And ETI Committee On Renewables
During November representatives met with both the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment and with the Assembly Enterprise Trade and Investment
Committee about the need to grow the Provinces renewable sector.
On 2nd November a delegation comprising Chairman, Michael Wightman from Cubis Industries, Con O’Neill from Harland & Wolff Heavy Industries, Richard Hogg from Limavady Gear Co and Chief Executive Bryan Gray met with Arlene Foster in Parliament Buildings about the urgent need to capture a share of the UK and European renewables sector for the Province. Among the issues discussed with the Minister were our concerns that the Province is lagging behind other areas of the UK in securing new business in this growing sector, and the potential for a Low Carbon Economic Zone in Northern Ireland to provide up to 30,000 new jobs into the Province over the next ten years.
Later in the month, a delegation gave evidence to the Enterprise Trade and Investment Committees investigation into “Barriers to entry to the Renewable Sector”. Some of the key issues highlighted to the committee were the need for a faster and less bureaucratic planning system for the sector, the need for a one stop shop in Government to grow the sector. Other issues included the urgent requirement for a simple road map for the Provinces SME’s helping them to engage in the supply chain for the sector, and the huge potential for renewable jobs here providing the kind of stimulation our economy badly needs at this time, together with our concerns about the increasing cost of renewable energy in the future and the impact of the new target of 40% renewable energy by 2020.
Members can view our evidence to the Committee here:-