A number of Northern Ireland’s industry leaders attended a breakfast seminar this week to celebrate the achievements of the South West College led ‘Strand 2’ initiative which has been helping propel those businesses to Net Zero by 2050.

‘Strand 2’ was delivered by South West College, Southern Regional College and Queen’s University Belfast as part of the Rural Economic Accelerator Programme and funding provided by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) supported businesses operating in the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Mid Ulster District Council and Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council areas with their sustainability focused projects.

During the breakfast seminar guests heard presentations from South West College Assistant Chief Executive, Ciaran McManus, Invest NI’s Jim Clarke, Mark Hamill from ReCon resources and Andrew Billingsley from Plaswire who praised the funding and support provided by the colleges saying that it was ‘timely and invaluable’ in helping them project their decarbonisation journey.

David Taylor, REAP Project Liaison at South West College said;

‘The breakfast seminar was a great opportunity to hear from the businesses who have taken part in the REAP programme. It was welcome to hear them reflect on the importance of the funding provided by UKCRF for the initiative and the impact of the research and development work carried out alongside the three partners.

The success of the REAP programme further solidifies South West College’s role as a leading authority and training provider in renewables and decarbonisation technologies and initiatives.’

Further information about the REAP programme and opportunities for businesses seeking support with their ‘Net Zero’ journeys visit, REAP | South West College (swc.ac.uk)