Minister Poots meets with chairman of Rathlin Development and Community Association, Michael Cecil to hear about the island’s long term goal go Carbon neutral and test emerging renewable technologies
AGRICULTURE, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister, Edwin Poots MLA has visited Rathlin Island to see its wide variety of seabirds and hear of the Island’s ambitious plans to become carbon neutral.
During his visit, Minister Poots met with representatives from The Rathlin Development and Community Association who have a strong ambition for the Island to become carbon neutral and have been exploring a number of renewable energy options.
The Association is a partner in the Clean Energy for EU islands project, which aims to provide a long-term framework to help islands generate their own sustainable, low cost energy; resulting in reduced energy costs and greatly increased production of renewable energy; better energy security for islands, which will be less reliant on imports; improved air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less impact on islands' natural environments, as well as the creation of new jobs and business opportunities, boosting the islands' economic self-sufficiency.
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