Just Transition is not a retreat from peat but the dawn of a new green economy for the Midlands

Bord na Móna insists it will continue to be a major employer

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Just Transition is not a retreat from peat but the dawn of a new green economy for the Midlands

Bord na Móna insists it will continue to be a major employer

Bord na Móna has welcomed the first report by the Just Transition Commissioner which has been published by the Government.

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In a statement to employees, Bord na Móna Chief Executive, Tom Donnellan, said “On behalf of Bord na Móna, I want to thank the Just Transition Commissioner (Kieran Mulvey) for his very comprehensive report. 

"This report is an apt reminder both of Bord na Móna’s historic contribution to the region and its future role as a mainstay of the green economy in the Midlands.  

"The report notes the importance of our Brown to Green strategy that involves a €1.6 billion investment and development programme with a particular emphasis on green projects, using our landbank to help Ireland make progress on climate action."

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The statement from Bord na Móna went on:

"As the company exits its traditional peat-based businesses Bord na Móna will continue to be a major employer in the Midlands employing people in a range of new green activities through;

Accelerated development of our renewable energy assets and capabilities,
Expansion of our recycling and resource recovery operations,
A major peatland rehabilitation programme that will involve the rehabilitation of tens of thousands of hectares of peatland for biodiversity, amenity and other uses securing employment for at least 300 people previously engaged in peat harvesting,
The development of new partnerships, joint ventures and the company’s own new business projects.

This report also rightly illustrates how this transformation is being enabled by a broad coalition of partnerships that is focused on building a new green economy.

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This coalition which is led by Government includes everyone in Bord na Móna and our traditional communities along with the Just Transition Commissioner, public representatives, local authorities, employee representatives, educational and training institutions, ESB and other state bodies, and private enterprises across the Midlands.

The work of all these institutions will ensure this period is not simply seen as a retreat from peat but the dawn of a new, sustainable, green economy centred on the Midlands."

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