A number of major organisations in Northern Ireland convened at a business energy conference this week to identify key areas of sustainable development.
Organisations including the Global Wind Alliance, Rural Generation Limited and Quinn Consultancy Services attended the first meeting of the Clean Energy Knowledge and Technology Platform to discuss ways in which clean cheap energy can be exploited, reports 4NI.
Invest NI, the University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast also took part in the event, which forms part of Carbon Zero NI, a Department for Employment and Learning-funded initiative which supports innovation across Northern Ireland.
Dr Lorna Lawrence, research lecturer at Carbon Zero NI, told 4NI that although great work is already being carried out across Northern Ireland, more needs to be done to improve the renewable energy sector.
She added: "Through the unique expertise and experience of the platform members, clean and green energy courses and materials can be developed which effectively address industry needs at all levels from operatives to senior managers."
A similar conference organised by the Scottish Low Carbon Investment Project is scheduled to take place in Edinburgh this autumn.
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