Global experts advise Irish firms on green opportunities


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International experts from the US, EU, UK and China are advising more than 70 Enterprise Ireland clean-technology and sustainable built- environment companies at a seminar in Dublin today on how they can capitalise on the opportunities generated by international green stimulus packages.

Since 2009, governments worldwide have been seeking to boost economic growth by increasing investment in green and clean industries through green stimulus funds. These funds offer Irish companies engaged in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, waste, green building and related services significant opportunities to grow and create stronger export businesses.

At the seminar, sectoral opportunities in each international market will be presented, along with practical advice on how to access green stimulus funding.

To maximise the benefits for the Irish companies that are attending, more than 100 individual business meetings have been arranged with the international experts.

Speaking at the event, Marina Donohoe, head of clean tech at Enterprise Ireland, said: “Green stimulus funds are valued at US$67bn in the US alone. These funds, combined with increasing energy and environmental regulation internationally, give rise to an environment in which business and environmental objectives align, creating significant opportunities for Irish clean-tech companies.

“Through effective partnering, Irish clean-tech companies in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water, waste, green building and related services can directly and indirectly avail of these significant international funds,” she added.

Speakers at today’s seminar include:

Robert Van Heuvelen of Van Heuvelen Strategies, Washington. He advises clients on a variety of legislative and political issues being considered in Washington, DC – on Capitol Hill, as well as in executive branch offices. With a focus on energy and environment, taxation and finance, and healthcare issues, he has been intimately involved in significant legislative initiatives in these areas.

Michael F Flood, vice-president, O’Neill and Associates, Washington. He provides US and international clients with government relations services. Specialising in energy and defence matters, Flood’s expertise includes federal energy tax credits and renewable programs, as well as defence contracting, national security and intelligence.

Alice Waltham, IPA Energy + Water Economics, UK. Waltham is a senior consultant with IPA, leading the Sustainable Energy & Carbon team. She has six years of experience of sustainable energy, including specialist experience of the policy and regulatory framework for renewable energy in the UK.

Shelly Xiong, HaoLiWen Attorneys. Xuedan (Shelly) Xiong holds an LLM in commercial law from University of Birmingham UK (2001) and an LLB from China University of Political Science and Law (1993). From 1995, she was admitted to the National Bar Association of the PRC. Shelly is a partner of HaoLiWen. As a resident partner in Dublin, Shelly is also responsible for European market development.

Article courtesy of Businessandleadership.com

Photo: Governments around the world have been looking to boost economic growth by increasing investment in green and clean industries through green stimulus funds

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