INVESTMENT in the sustainable energy sector could create 20,000 jobs over the next eight years, according to a new report from a government agency.
The analysis, from trade group the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), claims 10,000 jobs currently in the sector could be trebled by 2020 through direct investment and improved competitiveness.
According to the group's findings, both direct and indirect jobs can be created across three main areas. Some 9,000 roles could be created in renewable energy while 4,000 jobs could come from energy efficiency and smart technology. Improving competitiveness would bring in another 7,000, the SEAI say.
Speaking at the opening of the Energy Show in Dublin, where the report was revealed, energy minister Pat Rabbitte said: "Sustainable energy is becoming the norm in Ireland and with that change comes many economic opportunities and jobs.
"Irish enterprises adopting sustainable energy practices are reducing costs, becoming more competitive, securing jobs and as a result are delivering real benefits in all sectors of our economy."