Engineers Ireland report calls for quicker national broadband rollout, the implementation of the national digital strategy and more investment in R&D.

Ireland should take a leadership role in the development of a new ‘supergrid’ that would coordinate energy supply across Europe and drive the reduction in global carbon emissions, according to Engineers Ireland.

Launching a new report on Ireland’s digital future, the body has said Ireland is ideally positioned to play a leadership role in creating a new European smart grid that could coordinate the national back-up systems of countries to support renewable energy usage across the continent.

The new Engineers Ireland report, ‘The State of Ireland 2021: Infrastructure and a digital future’, recommends that Ireland needs to expedite the National Broadband Plan, implement the National Digital Strategy, secure its own energy grid, and invest more in research and development to position the nation as a global digital leader.

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