Dáil debates

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Environmental Policy: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]


7:35 pm

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Waterford, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

I move amendment No. 1:

To insert the following after “net zero emissions by 2050.”:

“— produce a plan with clear deadlines for the energy retrofitting of all residential dwellings, which should outline clear funding commitments and ambitious targets for the energy retrofit of both local authority and private dwellings;

— increase investment in the deep retrofitting of all social housing stock held by local authorities and approved housing bodies;

— expand the range of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland grant measures to include double glazing of single glazed buildings;

— increase grant scales up to 100 per cent for lower income deciles, with a 5 per cent incremental downward tiered scale to 50 per cent for higher income deciles;

— weight all measures towards improving efficiencies for the lowest G-rated properties, to achieve mid-range C-ratings;

— introduce low interest Green Mortgages and low interest retrofit top-up options to existing mortgages;

— examine the introduction of supports for group purchasing schemes, to enable collectives of householders to undertake certifiable self-retrofit initiatives to gain savings through bulk purchases and efficiencies of labour;

— commission the Economic and Social Research Institute to undertake a new National Survey of Housing Quality by December 2021; and

— commission the Central Statistics Office to quantify and correlate the tenure and solvency status of each dwelling in the State.”


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