AMBER held a briefing for members of the Oireachtas in the Leinster House AV room on Wednesday 4th October 2023 ‘Achieving a strong materials research ecosystem in Ireland.’
AMBER’s Executive Director and Economist Jim Power delivered a briefing outlining how Advanced Materials have been at the forefront of technological and societal progress throughout history from early stone age tools to the development of quantum computing.
An estimated 70% of the innovations associated with the green and digital transitions will depend on materials. The Irish economy faces many challenges and opportunities over the coming decades including:
Increased competitiveness and improved productivity are key to maintaining economic prosperity and to allowing Ireland to build the infrastructure necessary to support economic and social wellbeing.
Ireland has underperformed in relation to global innovation indices since the turn of the century, including the IMD, Work Bank and World Economic Forum rankings.
R&D spending at just 1.2% of GDP is well below the 2.7% of GDP average amongst similar economies.
Emissions – Ireland ranks significantly behind the EU average on carbon dioxide equivalent per capita, averaging 11.8 tonnes per head against the EU average of 7.5 tonnes.
Ireland’s whole economic model increasingly relies on materials so it is essential that an ecosystem where the country is investing in science must be fostered.
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