In 2019, Ireland declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. This acknowledgement that the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis are inextricably linked and must be addressed in tandem. In conjunction with addressing climate change, action is needed by humanity to halt biodiversity decline and begin its restoration. Planning, land use and agricultural systems must be adapted to work with nature..
CECAS at Myross Wood House will have a positive influence on addressing climate change in that It is designed to attract and showcase academic and commercial organisations to present cutting-edge solutions to the complex problems presented in implementing actions on climate and biodiversity and an enhanced circular economy. It will engage with communities of interest and communities of place in introducing and supporting initiatives that can address the problematic issues related to transition.
CECAS will provide an innovative vehicle to raise awareness and provide the skills necessary for new employment and enterprise opportunities to help future-proof the local community and economy. To this end, CECAS offers the chance to: –
- Host events to promote awareness and understanding of the need for community action on climate change in the region; consultants and contractors on energy efficiency and renewable will have an opportunity to participate and contribute sponsorship. This will enable CECAS to become a catalyst for change providing technical information, guidance and leadership to contribute to the decarbonisation of the West Cork area and beyond;
- Develop an innovative community-based research and development facility to devise and promote practical solutions to address climate change with the capacity to support green jobs and innovation.
- In so doing, the facility has the potential to become a European demonstration site for innovative best-practice implementation of energy-efficient, sustainable retrofitting techniques and technical solutions for the upgrade and energy retrofit of historical buildings and other structures typical of rural locations;
- Assist the construction sector in adapting to industrial change. This will encourage migration from unsustainable building techniques and materials to those that offer greater environmental responsibility based on ‘whole-life carbon circular economy’ and ‘one planet’ principles; and Develop self-financing actions, with the potential for support from commercial engagement, to offer programmes on sustainable energy, environment, eco-design, green building project development and management, sustainable agriculture, forestry and land management. All of this, and more besides, will underpin the local transition to the green economy and support Ireland’s efforts to achieve targets on climate action.