‘Derry can be a leader in green economy’ – Anderson

Derry has the potential to play a leading role in green technologies, creating employment and opportunity, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said. 

The Foyle MLA was commenting ahead of her latest discussions with clean energy producers this week. 

“We are in the midst of one of a climate crisis which necessitates the need to urgently invest in sustainable green technologies and reduce our reliance on carbon-based fuels,” Martina Anderson said. 

“Derry can play an important part in tackling the climate crises. Our unique and ideal location in the northwest of Ireland means we are perfectly positioned to become a global leader in renewable and sustainable energy production, capitalising from wind energy and complementing oxygen and hydrogen industries. 

“These industries can unlock additional employment opportunities in Derry such as the maintenance of hydrogen powered bus fleets, innovative technologies for increasing sewerage capacity and wastewater treatment as well as in the production and storage of cutting edge hydrogen fuels. 

“I have engaged directly with multiple renewable energy investors who are potentially interested in creating jobs in Derry and I will be holding another meeting this Thursday.  

“I will continue to identify additional opportunities and work with officials from Derry City and Strabane District council, Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Magee College to pitch the northwest region and what we have to offer. 

“As a Sinn Féin representative for this city, I will step up to the plate and chase down every potential opportunity I can find to deliver jobs and fair wages to our citizens.”