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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Disposal Charges (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: In line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012, and in the interest of encouraging further waste prevention and greater recycling, flat-rate fees for kerbside household waste collection are being phased out over the period autumn 2017 to autumn 2018, as customers contracts come up for renewal. The necessary regulatory...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Freedom of Information Data (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: My Department received 148 FOI requests this year up to 8 June:- 21 requests were granted, - 31 requests were part-granted,  - 30 requests were refused, - 16 requests were transferred/withdrawn or dealt with outside the FOI process, and  - 50 requests are currently live. 3 internal reviews were sought, one of which related to a 2017 request. There was...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: In the first instance, it is important to point out that as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment I have no role or remit in relation to the decision made by An Bord Pleanála concerning the facility the Deputy refers to, nor indeed do I have a role in relation to planning policy or planning legislation. Furthermore, waste management planning, including with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electric Vehicles (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 and 195 together. The vast majority of electric vehicle charging happens at home, which aligns with both technology and patterns of use of vehicles.  To support home charging, I introduced the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant scheme this year.  This scheme, which came into operation on 1 January 2018, supports the cost of installing a home...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (14 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. By 2020, 9 out of 10 premises will have...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan Implementation (13 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The NBP aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. By 2020, 9 out of 10 premises will have access to a high speed broadband...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Recycling Policy (13 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: Ireland is currently one of the top performing countries in the EU in terms of recycling and recovery.  The EPA Progress Report Towards EU Targets 2017 showed that Ireland recycled  34% by weight of plastics in 2015, counting exclusively material that is recycled back into plastics. The EU target is 22.5% and Ireland is clearly well ahead of this target. In January 2018, the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Smoking Ban (13 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together. The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous coal, or ‘the smoky coal ban’ as it is commonly known, was first introduced in Dublin in 1990, and subsequently extended to our major cities. Following a public consultation process, it was further extended in 2012, and now applies in 26 urban areas...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1004, 1007 and 1023 together Under the first period of the Kyoto Protocol (2008-2012), Ireland committed to limiting total national greenhouse gas emissions to 13% above 1990 levels. In anticipation of a requirement for the State to purchase carbon credits in partial fulfilment of Ireland’s Kyoto Protocol and ongoing obligations, the Carbon Fund Act...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1005 and 1006 together.   Government waste management policy is set out in A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012. European, national and regional waste management policy is predicated on the waste hierarchy as set out in Article 4 of the 2008 Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), whereby the prevention,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1008, 1033 and 1034 together. Ireland is currently one of the top performing countries in the EU in terms of recycling and recovery. The EPA Progress Report Towards EU Targets 2017 showed that Ireland recycled  34% by weight of plastics in 2015, counting exclusively material that is recycled back into plastics. The EU target is 22.5% and Ireland is...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electric Vehicles (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The vast majority of electric vehicle charging happens at home, which aligns with both technology and patterns of use of vehicles. To support home charging, I introduced the Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant scheme this year. This scheme, which came into operation on 1 January 2018, supports the cost of installing a home charger up to a maximum of €600 for buyers of both new and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Media Mergers (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: Mergers and acquisitions in respect of media organisations in the State are subject to a robust regulatory regime. Firstly, as a result of amendments made to the Competition Act 2002 by the Competition & Consumer Protection Act 2014, mergers and acquisitions involving one or more media businesses must be notified to me as Minister. Following an assessment...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Cyber Security Policy (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a unit of my Department, has been engaged in a series of actions around assisting Government Departments and State Agencies in preserving the security of their networks and data since its establishment in 2011. The NCSC engages with national and international stakeholders, gathering information and  acting as a conduit for sharing...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Online Safety (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: My Department does not provide any funding of the nature referred to by the Deputy. As the Deputy is aware, I hosted an Open Policy Debate on the subject of Online Safety in March of this year. The event was supported by five other Ministers and organised in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Equality; Education and Skills; Health; Business Enterprise and Innovation; Children...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Schemes (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1014 and 1024 together. The Better Energy Programme is funded by my Department and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The aim of the programme is to improve the energy efficiency of our built environment, in a way which represents the best possible use of Exchequer funding. This involves making difficult decisions...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with reporting data on waste management. A wide range of waste statistics is available on the EPA website (), including national waste reports and data releases containing information on composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste generated in Ireland. The most recent data release indicates that the quantity of biodegradable...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Service Provision (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland regardless of location. The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. By 2020, 9 out of 10 premises will have access to a high speed broadband connection. This is being achieved via a combination of commercial investment and a State...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Programme for Government Implementation (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: The Government recently approved the second Programme for a Partnership Government annual report which provides a comprehensive update on progress since May 2017. I provided input to the Department of the Taoiseach setting out the progress over the last 12 months on the extensive number of commitments relating to my Department.  I understand that the annual report will be published...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Meetings (12 Jun 2018)

Denis Naughten: A Freedom of Information (FOI) request was received by my Department in December 2017, seeking records of meetings or any correspondence between the company concerned and the Department of the Environment during 2011. My officials conducted an extensive search and all records held were released. The FOI decision was subject to an appeal as the requestor considered the...

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