The Cork County coast and harbour offers unlimited potential in terms of green energy prospects. With increasing demands in this area and opportunities for related industry, businesses and employment, recognition of the co-ordination of state, semi-state and investors is needed to ensure this potential is fully maximised.
With a proven track record in leadership and its long-standing focus on the Cork Harbour Economy, Cork County Council wishes to establish a governance structure which will ensure the potential for green energy production is guaranteed to provide long term benefit for Cork Harbour, the county’s coast, industry, for Ireland and most importantly for people.
Cork County Council will start this process by bringing stakeholders together and developing a comprehensive Cork Harbour and Coastline Green Industrial and Economic Strategy. Procurement for services to prepare this high-level scoping document have begun and will focus on green industrial development opportunities, with a primary emphasis on large-scale offshore wind energy production around the Cork coastline from large scale offshore wind energy production.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Frank O’Flynn welcomed the strategy saying,
Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, said,