Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Challenges to Ireland's Competitiveness: Discussion

Ms Linda Kane:

Our report had a recommendation under the sustainability and inclusivity chapter that any interaction between competitiveness and measures to address climate change would ensure that enterprises can decarbonise while simultaneously improving their competitiveness and productivity. At local enterprise office level, we are talking about peer-to-peer learning and advice for enterprises on how they can transition to a low-carbon future. We are also talking about working within those networks to explore options for electrification, the use of substitute fuels, efficiency projects and supply chain management, as the Senator mentioned. It is about getting those firms to change their suppliers sometimes, to more environmentally conscious ones, and to change some of their own practices to make them lower emitters.