With political progress in Northern Ireland slow to dead stop, it is not surprising that the way ahead for some in our industries is uncertain to say the least.
We may be experiencing a reasonably good sunny summer, but the clouds of autumn will be gathering before we know it, and with that comes the next chapter in the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme scandal. Indications are that public evidence may be given in late September to the inquiry, and one wonders what that will throw up. On more positive thoughts, there is a lot of good news, not least in the waste management and alternative energy sectors, as you will discover in our summer edition.
We hear that gas derived from renewable sources, such as food waste, unglamorous animal manure and grass, for example, has the potential to replace more than one quarter
of our gas supply, according to a new study by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Following significant investment, Belfast’s largest development site, which includes an environmental Cleantech Hub, has officially opened for business. As you will read in this issue, the 340 acres
Giant’s Park on the North Foreshore of Belfast Lough has been transformed from a former landfill facility by its owners Belfast City Council to become a striking asset, set to attract investors and create jobs.
Our cover story this issue focuses on McKinstry Skip Hire, and there’s a lot more to this family run business than readily meets the eye! Other companies in the news include Stewart Commercials who have ‘firmed up’ their long standing relationship with MOL VDK, manufacturers of a range of refuse collection and other specialist vehicles.
We also report on Energia’s recent annual Energy Conference in Belfast which presented a capacity audience with details of the latest funding available for a range of technologies.
In the meantime, you can keep up to date with all the latest news by logging on to our new website at www.sustainableireland.co.uk – and ahead of our annual Sustainable Ireland awards in November.
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download the Summer 2017 issue of Sustainable Ireland Magazine.