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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Recycling Policy (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy details a range of measures that will be adopted to achieve optimum results in the area of plastics and packaging, which encompasses food and beverage containers. The over-riding objective is to ensure that, by 2030, all packaging placed on the Irish market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way. The plan sets out a level of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Legal Cases (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ECJ Case 261/18 relates to the Case taken by the Commission against Ireland with respect to the implementation of the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Directive in the context of the Derrybrien windfarm operated by a subsidiary of ESB. As the Case arose concerning the validity of planning legislation enacted, responsibility for the Case rests with D/HLGH. DECC’s involvement in the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Inland Fisheries (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Standing Scientific Committee (SSC) derived rod exploitation rates from rivers with fish counters where the run of salmon and the catch by anglers (the exploitation rate) was known. Three bands of salmon exploitation rates were set, low (average 5%) medium (average 15%) and high (average 35%). Each river was allocated a rod exploitation rate based on the level of salmon angling taking...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 to 161, inclusive, together. The Programme for Government commits to achieving an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030 and to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. In order to ensure alignment to these commitments, last year I approved changes to the Excellence in Energy Efficiency Design (EXEED) Programme....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 (‘the Climate Act 2021’) commits to achieving a 51% reduction in Ireland’s overall GHG emissions from 2021 to 2030, and to achieving net-zero emissions no later than 2050. It also establishes a significantly strengthened legally binding framework with clear targets and commitments set in law, to ensure the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Climate Action Plan and National Retrofit Plan have set ambitious targets to retrofit 500,000 homes to a Building Energy Rating of B2 or carbon equivalent and to install 400,000 heat pumps in existing buildings by the end of 2030. These targets represent a very significant increase in both the volume and depth of retrofit activity in Ireland. My Department is engaging with the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The recently published Climate Action Plan 2021 commits to the public sector leading by example in the journey to Ireland reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 51% by 2030 and becoming climate neutral no later than 2050. Each public sector body will be required, subject to its Climate Action Mandate, to define how they will reduce GHG emissions to the 2030 target of 51%, increase...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The National Energy Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) Programme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Outline call timelines are indicated on the SEAI website, with grant awards expected from Q4 2021; full details are provided at: www.seai.ie/grants/research-funding/research-development-and -demonstration-fund/ The 2021 Call received...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Litter Pollution (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: My Department published the General Scheme of the Circular Economy Bill 2021 on 15 June 2021. It is my intention under the Bill to facilitate not only the use of CCTV, but also the use of a broad range of Audio Visual Recording (AVR) equipment in order to assist local authorities in their efforts to combat litter and illegal dumping. Drafting of the Bill is well advanced, as is, I understand,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, published in September 2020, outlines the measures Ireland is taking under the Single Use Plastics Directive (EU 2019/904) to substantially reduce the amount of single use plastic items we use and to sustainably manage the waste arising from those we do. From 3rd July this year single use plastic cutlery, plates, stirrers, straws, balloon sticks...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: The Government’s policy regarding the increased usage of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is primarily driven by the Climate Action Plan which sets a target of 945,000 EVs by 2030. Home charging is considered the primary method of charging for the majority of EVs in Ireland and is a convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly means of charging, especially when using night rate...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 175 together. The Deputies will be aware that the Government is fully committed to supporting a significant expansion and modernisation of the electric vehicle charging network over the coming years. A national charging infrastructure strategy is due for publication early next year which will set out a pathway to stay ahead of demand over the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: EU Directives (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As outlined to the Deputy in response to question number 57487/21 of 23 November 2021, the Department of Transport received a letter from the EU Commission, 24 January 2020, in relation to the late transposition of Directive 2017/159 regarding the social partners agreement on the Work in Fishing Directive. The Commission requested that we, Ireland, ensure transposition as soon as...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: Both the National Transport Authority (NTA) and my Department have been engaging directly with commercial bus operators throughout the Covid-19 Emergency. The public transport system in Ireland has played an essential service role over the course of the pandemic, especially in carrying essential workers and others making necessary journeys. As you are aware, in June 2020, the Government...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport and associated infrastructure. This includes the procurement of the PSO bus fleet...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Rail Network (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure, including cycling infrastructure. Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Pension Provisions (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As of 26 November 2021 the Department of Transport has four active infringement cases. The first case relates to the Operation of the Irish Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) in the implementation of Directive 2009/18/EC on the investigation of accidents in the maritime transport sector. The European Court of Justice made a judgment in this case on 9 July 2020. The Department has...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Bus Services (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including the procurement of the national bus fleet. Noting their responsibility in the matter, I have referred...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Cycling Policy (30 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 183 and 184 together. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to cycling and public transport infrastructure. The management of the public bike schemes is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA), which works closely with the relevant local authorities. Noting the NTA's role in the matter, I have...

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