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24 May 2022

Council officials hold presentation on Longford's green energy Just Transition opportunities

Lanesboro Power Station. Photo:Joe McDonagh.

Lough Ree Power Station

Longford County Council held a public information session on a feasibility study with local stakeholders last week in response to Just Transition.

The session presented the study scope, its objectives, and its preliminary findings to date.

The online event, on Wednesday, January 26, was the first in a series of public information sessions taking place throughout 2022 on the project.

KPMG Sustainable Futures and technical partners, Ixora Energy and SLR Consulting conducted the study on behalf of Longford County Council to explore the potential opportunities to sustain the local economy in response to the Just Transition process.

It is funded through the Just Transition Fund and the Carbon Tax Fund by the Government of Ireland.

Longford County Council engaged KPMG in late 2021, to examine how communities, industries and enterprises can develop more sustainable methods and materials in the county, generating a circular economy, in the wake of the closure of peat industrial production and peat fuelled power stations.

The closures created significant challenges for impacted employees and communities across the Midlands.

The national Just Transition programme is investigating ways in which alternative enterprises, green energy and a circular economy may contribute to Ireland’s targets to cut emissions and waste while increasing resource efficiencies and local opportunities.

As part of Longford’s response to Just Transition, this study is exploring how the local community, enterprises and farmers may interact with, and benefit from, opportunities arising from Ireland’s transition to a green economy.

Stakeholders were invited to offer feedback and help identify how the local circular economy may be shaped across Longford, particularly in those areas most impacted by peat closures.

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