Sustainability and Climate Action

The Experience Economy in Ireland is increasingly conscious of its current and future environmental, social and economic impacts, and it embraces this as an opportunity to present a sustainable experience and align it with Ireland’s unique reputation, geography and heritage.

Policy Recommendations:

Government, through the NDP, should deliver a capital programme to provide the necessary infrastructure to support the sustainable development of our regions.

Investment in infrastructure at a national and regional level including, transport, better connectivity both into and within the regions, housing and broadband, not only plays a significant role in attracting domestic and international visitors, but also improves the quality of life of the local population.

Adequately resource sustainability supports housed within the National Enterprise Hub to educate, train and support businesses to implement more sustainable business models.

Businesses in the Experience Economy have a role to play by adopting eco-responsible practices for transport, accommodation, food and attractions and working with their supply chains to embed sustainable practices. Continued funding, expansion and adaption of the various Government support schemes available to business is required to embed the circular economy and help Ireland deliver on our climate action targets.

Government needs to support investment and recognise the Experience Economy as an anchor for regional development, local jobs and community.

An integrated planning approach must be used across sectoral, regional and metropolitan plans to create both urban and rural communities that function as viable, vibrant and attractive locations for people to live, work and visit. Sustained funding and policy must be developed and implemented with ambitious short and long-term strategies for tourism, festivals, events, conferences, public realm and accessibility improvements.

Invest in public realm enhancements to support a safe, night-time economy.

Local authorities must take the broadest view of the night-time economy, covering activities between 6pm and 6am. Enhanced security and safety plans are required for urban centres, which support the full range of economic, cultural, and social activities between these hours. In addition, capital supports are required for safety and security measures such as better street lighting, outdoor areas, safe transit hubs and specific requirements designated by An Garda Síochána.