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The National Standards Authority of Ireland and Sustainable Energy Ireland believe that a new and emerging energy management industry could grow to employ thousands of Irish people if the country decides to play a leading role in climate change solutions, SiliconRepublic reports.
"All over the world, the environmental and energy-management sector is increasingly regarded as a potential field to create new employment, from providing energy-advice services, to energy auditing and energy education," Maurice Buckley, chief executive of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) said.
"Ireland already has considerable experience in developing world-class standards in energy management and have a growing industry around energy, well ahead of Europe. Ireland can play a leading role in climate-change solutions through developing energy standards and innovating in energy management, potentially creating thousands of jobs," Buckley said further.
Professor Owen Lewis, chief executive of Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), said Ireland has one of the highest take-ups in the world for certified energy management, with more than 80% of the largest energy-using companies in Ireland already committed to the energy management standard I.S.393.
"These companies have avoided more than â‚¬50 million in energy costs in 2007 and we expect equally positive results in 2008. With the recent publication of the new European Energy Management Standard EN16001, a group of Irish-based companies are the first to implement this new standard in Europe."
"Companies such as Diageo in Dublin and Heinz in Dundalk are now exporting their energy-efficiency expertise to sister plants worldwide, which shows that Ireland is truly leading the way in energy management in the global arena."