Transition Galway Economics Subgroup meeting: Thursday 21st May at 7:45pm in The Secret Garden

Who should come:

Anyone interested in sustainability focussed job creation and willing to help with planning a larger event for the wider public within the next few weeks.This larger event will be a relaunch of an initiative taken in summer 2012 where ideas were brought forward in a number of sector as follows:

  • Renewable energy (Wind, Electricity Storage and Smart Grid Technologies)
  • Biomass (heat) and Biofuel (transport) also linking in with (Ireland’s national Technology Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy headed up by Ryan Institute in Galway).
  • Food production where Ireland has potential to replace billions in imports.
  • Biochar (wood charcoal with the benefits of both soil enhancement and continuous carbon capture).
  • In waste management a “Resource Recovery Park”. Such a Centre could be located in Carrowbrowne or Ballinasloe.
  • A Cultural Centre for Practical Sustainability.
  • An Energy Storage Park potentially located at Parkmore and grid connected to Ballybrit.
  • Food (looking at Spain as an example)

Some new areas coming into focus are:

  • Identifying an early opportunity to focus on (finding greatest potential for success) .
  • City of Culture opportunities: this has put a focus on broadening what is arts and culture and there may be synergetic opportunities such as the rejuvenation of Salthill for commercial activities.
  • Healthy food wholesale / bulk buyers
  • Finding a venue for a co-op.
  • City of Culture opportunities (e.g. rejuvination of Salthill may provide appropriate venue for starting commercial activities)

Previous correspondence on the co-operatives and sustainable jobs initiative can be found at


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