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Development of the Green Economy in County Donegal

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Best Practice:
Development of the Green Economy in County Donegal
Digital Agenda Category:
Research & Innovation
Status:
Operational in Current Region
Producing Project:
CO2FREE
Implementing Region:
Donegal
Implementing Organisation:
Donegal County Council
From research into tidal power to anti-litter campaigns, Donegal in Ireland takes a comprehensive view in its environmental investments. The target is for the region to increase both its use of renewable energy and its own production of this, and to become a leader in the green economy. Donegal County Council is leading a group with representatives from the region’s public services in the areas of healthcare, schools and business development.

Together, they are carrying out a range of measures to become more environmentally friendly. This includes providing environmental education in the construction sector, creating and marketing recycling initiatives in the region, starting research into tidal power and drawing attention to green transport alternatives. Together with regional businesses, the project is also stimulating a transition from oil to locally-produced biofuel for the energy provision of public buildings.

An important lesson from the project is that a broad collaboration can favour the green development of a region in more ways than are immediately apparent.

The most important stages in the project:
  • Establishment of the coordinating organisation within Donegal County Council
  • Organisation of the actors involved in renewable energy in the region.
  • Increased awareness of the green economy in the region. 
Benefits of the project:
  1. The project has to date replaced 1.4 million litres of oil with locally-produced biofuel. As a result, the local production of biofuel has increased by 5 000 tonnes to a value of 445 000 EUR.
  2. The project has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 4 550 tonnes.
  3. Eight new jobs have been created.
  4. The collaboration between different areas of activity that the project entails has contributed to good results, even in other related areas. Examples?
Success factors:
  • Anchoring the target of making Donegal a leader in the green economy.
  • Participation from regional public authorities at a central level.
  • Active participation from all parts of the public services.
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