The green economy is delivering more jobs in Northern Ireland than the motor trade, financial services sector and telecommunications combined, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.
A new report claims the UK’s general economy is not expected to return to 2007 levels until 2014, but the green economy is tipped to grow by 40 per cent in that time.
The UK Success Story report by environmental think tank Green Alliance reveals there was a £180m investment in renewable energy in Northern Ireland during 2011/12, as revealed by Department of Energy and Climate Change figures, creating 767 jobs.
And Northern Ireland is now the second largest consumer of renewable energy in the UK at 11 per cent – behind Scotland at 22 per cent.
There are now 31,700 low-carbon and environmental jobs in the country, more than the motor trade (10,700), financial services (17,700) and telecommunications combined (3,100).
Green group WWF says the figures suggest the green economy across the whole of the UK has shown true recession resilience, growing healthily since the banking crisis erupted.