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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Radon Gas Levels (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The National Radon Control Strategy (NRCS) Co-ordination Group was established to implement and track the key recommendations of the NRCS, which was published in 2014. The strategy recommends a broad range of measures aimed at reducing the risk from radon to people living in Ireland. This co-ordinated, Government-led, strategy aims to reduce both overall population and individual risk,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Efficiency (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: Using less energy, and using it more efficiently, is the most cost effective and accessible way for us all to take action on climate change.    Overall in 2018, at least €117m in capital and current funding will be invested in energy efficiency programmes. This will save over 120,000 tonnes in carbon emissions every year. It will support around 3,500 jobs, and reduce...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Heat Incentive (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The proposed Renewable Heat Incentive addresses key objectives  set out in the National Mitigation Plan, the Energy White Paper and the Programme for Government. The development of the scheme has involved detailed economic analysis, extensive engagement with industry and two public consultations.   In Budget 2018, €7m was allocated for the proposed Renewable Heat...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Trading Online Voucher Scheme (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 185 and 194 together. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a demand-led scheme which aims to deliver 1,000 businesses trading online each year with minor fluctuations in throughput expected in a demand-led scheme. The scheme has the flexibility to approve applications in excess of the target, should the demand exist. The following table...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Protection Agency Funding (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The indicative overall Budget 2018 allocation for the EPA is €34.8m, a significant increase on the 2017 allocation of €31.5m. The indicative allocation for 2018 is broken down into €21.3m. current and €13.5m. capital, and is subject to final agreement with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the context of the Revised Estimates Volume (REV)...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I recently announced that €1.6 million was allocated as part of Budget 2018 to support an on-going waste campaign to assist householders in managing their waste.   The Regional Waste Management Planning Offices commenced a programme of education and awareness funded by my  Department earlier this year with radio advertisements encouraging the use of the brown bin and...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management Regulations (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 to 191, inclusive, together. In line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland published in 2012, a number of additional legislative measures have been introduced to further regulate the waste collection industry. Examples include: the introduction of fixed payment notices for the contravention of specific...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Disposal Charges (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The charges applied by waste management companies are matters for those companies and their customers, subject to compliance with all applicable environmental and other relevant legislation, including contract and consumer legislation.   Each household waste collector has been required through a condition in their waste collection permit from 1 July, 2015 to weigh a bin each time...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Television Licence Fee Collection (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I obtained Government approval earlier this year to draft a number of legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Act, 2009, including amendments to allow for the tendering of TV Licence fee collection.  As the Deputy is aware, the proposed amendments are currently under Pre-Legislative Scrutiny by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action &...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadcast Advertising Standards Regulation (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The EU regulatory framework for broadcasting as set out in the Audio-visual Media Services Directive is currently undergoing review.  To support its work in this area, my Department engaged consultancy services in October 2016 to review the impact of ‘opt-out’ advertising on the Irish broadcasting sector.   I am currently considering the report’s...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I understand that as of September 2017, the total amount of renewable generation connected to the grid was 3,400 MW approximately of which 3,080 MW was wind generation. A breakdown of the other renewable technologies at that date is not available, but the majority (212 MW) was hydro. It is estimated that a total of between 3,900 MW and 4,300 MW of onshore wind generation...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Schemes Data (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: In total, over 293,300 homes have received state supported energy efficiency upgrades since 2010. These upgrades were provided through the Better Energy Programme which is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) with funding from my Department. The Better Energy Programme consists of the Better Energy Homes Scheme, Better Energy Warmer Homes...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Legislative Programme (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The draft Heads of the Aarhus Convention Bill are scheduled for publication before year-end, and will then be subjected to the pre-legislative scrutiny process, with a view to progressing the Bill through the Oireachtas next year. Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention in 2012 and over 60 pieces of legislation have been used to implement it. The Convention governs environmental...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Service Provision (19 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 203 to 205, inclusive, together. The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) will 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 so that to date approximately 1.5m or 65% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Schemes (18 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Programme for a Partnership Government makes clear that the Government remains supportive of the proposal to construct an LNG terminal near Ballylongford, County Kerry. The Government has and continues to support the project achieve the status of a Project of Common Interest (PCI) under European Regulation 347/2013 Trans European Energy Infrastructure. It is...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan Implementation (18 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: In April I published an updated High Speed Broadband Map which is available atwww.broadband.gov.ie.  This map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan (NBP). The Map is searchable by eircode. - The BLUE areas on the Map represent...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Media Mergers (17 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Media Mergers process was created as a result of amendments made to the Competition Act 2002 by the Competition & Consumer Protection Act 2014. All media mergers must be notified to me as Minister, and I must make a determination whether or not the proposed merger may proceed based on an assessment of its impact on the plurality of media in the State. This process cannot be...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (17 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The 2009 Effort Sharing Decision 406/2009/EC established binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for EU Member States for the period 2013 - 2020. For the year 2020 itself, the target set for Ireland is that emissions should be 20% below their level in 2005. This will be Ireland’s contribution to the overall EU objective to reduce its emissions by the order of 20% by 2020...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Bodies Data (17 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: There are 17 State bodies under the aegis of my Department operating in the commercial, non-commercial and regulatory spheres. The Board members of these bodies are suitably qualified to carry out their roles on the respective Boards. All appointments to State Boards are made in accordance with the 2014 Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards. A Public Appointments Service (PAS) process...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (17 Oct 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Question refers to two different targets, one relating to greenhouse gas emissions reduction and the other to renewable energy. In relation to the former, the 2009 Effort Sharing Decision 406/2009/EC established binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for EU Member States for the period 2013 to 2020. For the year 2020 itself, the target set for Ireland is that...

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