Nearly 47 percent of the total electricity produced in Northern Ireland emerged from renewables in the most recent 12-month period-exceeding the 40 percent target. And 85% of this derived from wind. We will expand on that momentum as we look to produce more and more of our low-carbon electricity.
An approximate yearly average of £1bn in revenue and 5,900 associated full-time jobs were created directly by companies involved in the low emissions as well as renewable energy sectors in Northern Ireland from 2016 to 2018.
These figures are proof of the strong competencies we have already in this field. I want to draw on that experience to boost the amount of more paying workers. Northern Ireland is well-positioned to take the leading in carbon reduction and clean energy production.
It will emerge from expanding the quality of our energies, investing in energy conservation, putting out new energy technology and technologies, building capacity in energy solutions like hydrogen, and creating modern, greener modes of transportation. Such prospects will build employment and wealth and, through the energy policy, are actively under production.
Decarbonizing energy offers a significant opportunity for growth as part of increasing our green economy and providing the substantial export potential for lower and zero-carbon solutions produced at home. Not only for this but more relaxed, increasingly energy-efficient homes would be safer residences for disadvantaged people, raising excess winter deaths and exerting pressure on our healthcare delivery system.
In June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions by 100 percent by 2050. This ‘net zero’ goal marked a significant shift in the commitment to solving the climate crisis. Energy is liable for more than 60 percent of Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions through transportation, heat, and electricity.
We work together to take a holistic approach to decarbonize these energy markets, as policy roles are split through several government agencies and local government as well. Young people have an enthusiasm for tackling climate change. The renewable energy job prospects that the transition to net-zero emissions would provide them with a direct chance to get interested in the solution.
In conclusion, currently, interest in the hydrogen economy is picking up. We are ideally ready to generate green hydrogen using renewable electricity. That would allow the use of the accessible wind when electricity demand is lower.