Thursday, July 26th, 2012: Organised by Business in the Community, the ‘Hack the Green Economy’ event examined some of the next steps on the road to a green economy, in particular future developments in the area of integrated sustainability reporting and future environmental legislation. This is in keeping with the Business in the Community Ireland’s objective of equipping companies with the most up to date information on key business trends as well as providing the tools to measure and integrate sustainability such as their recently launched Business Working Responsibility Mark, Ireland’s only certification for responsible and sustainable business practices. Speaking at the event were Dr. Matt Crowe, Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Lois Guthrie – Technical Director, The International Integrated Reporting Council and Justin Kilcullen – Director of Trócaire. The event was run in partnership with the Science Gallery and Irish Corporate Leaders.
Chairing the event yesterday in the Science Gallery, CEO of Bord na Mona, Gabriel D’Arcy called for a new national focus on the potential benefits of Ireland’s green economy. “With its considerable wave and wind resources, Ireland has significant natural advantages when it comes to developing a green economy. We need to seriously examine the potentially huge and sustainable benefits that can accrue if we choose to properly develop these assets within a new green economy for Ireland.
Before this can happen however there has to be a public debate on what needs to be done and for this to happen we will require strong political leadership. Public engagement, backed by honest politics, does bring real change, as evidenced by the sea-changes which took place to make drinking and driving, and smoking in pubs socially unacceptable.
We believe an effective climate law will be a cornerstone of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable recovery. It will position Ireland as a hub for green enterprise, investment and innovation. It will give businesses and householders the certainty they need to invest in low-carbon technologies, confident that Government policies to reduce emissions will mean they save or make money in the medium term.“
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