Ireland well positioned in drive towards low-carbon world

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Ireland has many of the ingredients required to become a world leader in the new green economy.

“The future is smart, whether it be about smart buildings, smart communities, smart energy use or smart business,” says Will Day, CEO and chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission in the UK, who will be in Ireland next week to speak at The Green Economy – A Business & Leadership Briefing.

“So, clearly the information technology communications (ICT) sector has a huge role to play in this,” he continues. “Anybody who is visionary in ICT is already looking at this sustainability and climate agenda as a golden opportunity, not as a threat.”

With eight out of 10 of the world’s largest ICT companies having bases in Ireland it’s all good news, says Barry O’Leary, chief executive of the IDA.

By Ann O’Dea

Read more of ‘Ireland well positioned in drive towards low-carbon world’ at Digital 21.

Photo: Optimistic about Ireland’s green future. Pictured clockwise from top left are: Will Day, chairman of The Sustainable Development Commission in the UK, who is in Dublin next week to speak at The Green Economy – A Business & Leadership Briefing; Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland; Michael Hayes, partner and head of Energy and Natural Resources with KPMG; and Owen Lewis, CEO of SEAI

THE GREEN ECONOMY – A BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP BRIEFING

Will Day is one of the speakers at The Green Economy – A Business & Leadership Briefing, which will be opened by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, and takes place on Friday, 14 May 2010 at 8am in the Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. For further information or to secure your place, go to the event’s website.

www.digital21.ieDigital 21 is a campaign to highlight the imperative of creating an action programme to secure the digital infrastructure and services upon which the success of our economy depends.

Ann O’Dea is the CEO and co-founder of Silicon Republic and the founder of Inspirefest

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