Green Economy and Sustainable Development central to national recovery plan for Ireland
28th December , 2011

Green Economy and Sustainable Development central to national recovery plan for Ireland

In recognition of the critical need for the Republic of Ireland to move further towards being an innovative, low-carbon and resource-efficient society, the Irish Government acts to place the green economy and sustainability at the heart of the national recovery plan over the coming decade. On 23rd December 2011, the Minister for the Environment, Mr. Phil Hogan published a new draft Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland for public consultation. Drawing on the model established by the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, the draft Framework for Sustainable Development concentrates on gaps where limited progress has been made and which still present formidable challenges. Among other key concerns, emphasis is placed on technologies to improve energy efficiency.

It is strongly acknowledged and frequently highlighted by the EU, UN and OCED that it is not possible to achieve sustainable development goals without advancing the green economy. “Green growth” is needed to sustain living standards with minimum erosion to natural capital.

The main objectives of the initiative include the following: • An effective framework for transition to an innovative, low carbon and resource efficient society. • Identifying and adopting policies that can help achieve a shift towards a green economy, while maintaining fiscal stability and ensuring and ensuring sustainable public finances into the future. • Protecting and restoring biodiversity and ecosystems so that benefits essential for all sectors of society will be delivered. • Securing health and social well being to enable full participation in society and economic development. • Effective governance arrangements to ensure delivery of sustainable development • A partnership approach to implementation of the strategy. • Developing a set of indicators to measure and report on progress.

What is Sustainable Development?  A widely used term to define sustainable development is ‘development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’ Sustainable development is a continuous, guided process of economic, environmental and social change aimed at promoting well-being of citizens now and in the future. To realise this requires creating a sustainable and resource efficient economy founded on a fair and just society, which respects the ecological limits and carrying capacity of the natural environment.

 

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  2. Liz Harte says:

    Nice Blog! This widely framework for development is a great idea that gives emphasis to the green economy and and sustaining standards living.