Bord na Móna to create 885 further jobs

Bord na Mona has announced over 1,400 new jobs for the midlands region in the area of climate solutions (Photo: RollingNews.ie)

Skills used in peat extraction will now be used in "restoring the bogs, restoring carbon and returning wildlife and nature,” says Environment Minister Eamon Ryan

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Bord na Móna is planning to create a further 885 jobs during the next five years as part of its transformation from peat harvesting into a “climate solutions company.”

The business has already created 550 jobs during the past 18 months.

Out of a total 1,435 jobs, some 1,100 positions are generated directly Bord na Móna, while 335 will be created in partnership with third party companies.

Varying from operatives to high tech and professional roles, the jobs are being generated as part of Bord na Móna’s strategy to develop “renewable energy, recycling infrastructure and carbon storage through peatland rehabilitation”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said at the jobs announcement at Cloncreen Wind Farm in Co Offaly: “Building on its rich legacy, Bord na Móna has reinvented itself to meet that challenge with the continued development of over 1,400 climate solutions jobs.”

By 2030, Bord na Móna says it will be able to supply a third of Irish homes with renewable energy.

“The skills that were used in extracting peat from the bogs will be now used to restoring the bogs, restoring carbon and returning wildlife and nature,” said Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan.

Minister Ryan said there are “three real opportunities” for the company to grow through rehabilitation of boglands, in renewable power and in recycling. He added that the new positions will offer the same pay and security to workers across the midlands.

 

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