Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Public Accounts Committee

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Appropriation Account 2018

9:00 am

Mr. Peter Finnegan:

I know from talking to some of the people on site that when one is dealing with an historic building there is a limit to how much one can achieve in terms of energy rating.

On the overall issue of sustainability, etc., one of our key goals over the next three years is to develop a sustainability plan for the Oireachtas. As recently as Tuesday, the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission agreed to a biodiversity plan for Merrion Lawn which is going to be implemented over the coming months. We are acutely aware of the need to make progress in this area. We are in discussions with the OPW about installing electric charging points for cars. We aim to basically progress these initiatives over the course of a number of months alongside our sustainability plan.