Environmental job opportunities in Northern Ireland
The green economy in Northern Ireland shows similar promise. Research has indicated that targeted investment and growth of the renewable sector could potentially create up to 30,000 jobs.
Sectors likely to offer the greatest job numbers include hi-tech manufacturing, wind farm assembly and biomass production in the agricultural sector. In July 2012, the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency (NIEA) produced its strategic plan for 2012–2020.
This prioritised four action areas:
The creation of a healthy natural environment; the promotion of health and
well-being of all in protecting the environment; the need to foster sustainable growth; and the efficient
and effective use of resources. The goals set for each area follow the implementation of Northern Ireland
Executive’s Sustainable Development Implementation Plan agreed for all its government departments.