Green industries and Northern Ireland’s economic future

Today it was announced the Harland and Wolff shipyard in partnership with an international waste management company are bidding to get a license for the environmentally-friendly dismantling of aged ships and oil rigs. Also the shipyard has recently completed an offshore wind-farm and manufacture of a wave-energy prototype generator. The battle against climate change, the development of alternative energy sources and recycling offer a clear opportunity for the development of new industries. The light engineering skills that still remain strong in Northern Ireland and the strong research base at Queens could provide a good launch pad for more such developments. Should targeting this growing market be a central plank of future economic development policy?
It was also announced that an Indian based multi-national plans to open its first European based call centre in Northern Ireland with the promise of 1000 jobs.

  • M. Gibbs, Chicago

    Should targeting this growing market be a central plank of future economic development policy?

    Is the Pope a Catholic? You build on your strengths, and the light engineering skills and research base at Queens are two good examples. Go for it!

  • Penelope

    considering I’m a technical drafter and I want to make the move to Belfast to be with my beloved I say hell yea develop those engineering skills… you’ll need me to draw up the plans
    😉

  • Penelope

    this is what is called a *no brainer*…. duh!!!

    oops… my Valley Girl roots are showing
    …like fer shure 😉

  • “It was also announced that an Indian based multi-national plans to open its first European based call centre in Northern Ireland with the promise of 1000 jobs.”

    Time to start a school to teach that unique Bollywood tech support accent.

    Oh brave new world, the spinoffs are neverending.

  • aquifer

    Maybe the Republic can help by putting a price on the big bubble of Carbon Dioxide they are exceeding their allowance by. That way investors in emissions reduction can reduce their risk premium when they invest in such innovations.

  • Alan

    I can see the advantages of environmentally friendly industry as a runner. The wind turbines that were sitting in the dry docks are a good example. But do we really want to start stripping down ships? Think of mountains of asbestos, lakes of putrid engine oil, tangled forests of rusting metalwork. How will all of that be dealt with?

  • aquifer

    They can probably deal with it better than the last time they had lots of ships to work on. Asbestos used to be sprayed onto naval gun positions.