Brian Wilson has welcomed the announcement that Harland & Wolff has been awarded a multi million pound contract to design and build two platforms for an offshore wind development and has urged others to follow H&W’s lead and enter the burgeoning Green tech sector.
I am delighted that Harland & Wolff have been awarded this contract. Harland & Wolff has been one of the few good news stories during this recession and that is clearly due to their foresight in entering the ever expanding green economy as well as their expertise and facilities which are unique.
This is an example of the Green New Deal in action. It is not enough to say that we are focussing on the economy; we must go further and focus our energy and investment on the new technologies that are required to help us move to a low carbon economy which is not reliant on imported fossil fuels but is instead based on sustainable forms of energy, transport and food production.
A success story like this should not be an isolated incident it should be a common occurrence. That will only happen if we have government and industry working together towards a common goal that meets the economic, social and environmental needs of our society. That will create the conditions where Northern Ireland companies will be awarded contracts to build wind farms off our own coast.”