The Minister encourages responses to the draft green growth strategy

Minister Poots is pictured with (left to right) Chris Corken, Head of the Science, Engineering and Construction Department at Belfast Metropolitan College;  Paul McCormack, Principal Partner of GenComm and Head of Innovation at Belfast Metropolitan College, and Eamon Kerr
Minister Poots is pictured with (left to right) Chris Corken, Head of the Science, Engineering and Construction Department at Belfast Metropolitan College; Paul McCormack, Principal Partner of GenComm and Head of Innovation at Belfast Metropolitan College, and Eamon Kerr

GenComm is an Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) funded project, which aims to drive the adoption of renewable hydrogen technologies and empower communities to implement hydrogen energy carriers for sustainably meet their energy demand. Belfast Metropolitan College is the main partner of this project.

During his visit, Minister Poots said: “I am delighted to meet representatives of the GenComm project today and applaud their efforts to develop and implement renewable hydrogen-based technologies, which are vital then. that we aim to evolve towards a cleaner and greener society. . While decarbonizing our economy may be seen by some as risky, it will generate many opportunities and Northern Ireland is uniquely positioned to take advantage of them. Through innovation, research and development and investment, we can lay the groundwork for a green revolution, the next industrial revolution that can rejuvenate our economy after the Covid-19 crisis. “

The Minister continued, “The recently launched NI Executive’s Decade Green Growth Strategy Project aims to take a holistic approach to tackling the climate crisis by balancing climate action with the environment and the economy. in a way that benefits all of our citizens. This means using the shift from a society with high greenhouse gas emissions to a society with low greenhouse gas emissions to improve the quality of life of people through green jobs and a clean and resilient environment. . GenComm is just one example of many NI projects or organizations looking to create green jobs in innovative green technologies to tackle climate change and I really appreciate the work they do.

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Minister Poots is pictured with (left to right) Chris Corken, Head of the Science, Engineering and Construction Department at Belfast Metropolitan College and Paul McCormack, Senior Partner at GenComm and Head of Innovation at Belfast Metropolitan College

During his visit to the College, Minister Poots also met with young people to listen and hear their views on green growth, as well as to gauge their level of interest and understanding in action against climate change.

Welcoming the opportunity, Minister Poots said, “My officials and I are actively seeking the views and opinions of young people, as they will be invaluable to us in helping us shape the long-term and short-term direction of our action plans. Listening and acting on the views of young people is a must for the success of the multi-decade green growth strategy. The consultation on the draft strategy ends on December 21, so I encourage all those who have not yet done so to speak out on this vital issue.

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