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Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (3 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I apologise; I had to go to the Chamber for a few moments. I agree with what the Minister has said that we need a new vision for agriculture. Anyone who seeks to try to present the case that nothing should change in agriculture is doing farmers a disservice. In a decade’s time when the price of carbon goes to well over a €100 per tonne, the farming systems that did not look...

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Committee Stage (3 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: On a procedural issue and to be fair to Deputy Pringle, these amendments seem very similar to the ones he tabled earlier. I want to comment on them generally. I am very strongly in favour of a role of just transition commissioner being established. I am open to the Minister's view as to whether that would best be done through dedicated legislation. During my time as Minister, we sought to...

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Climate Change Policy (3 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 93. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he has set a target for the number of enterprises supported by each of the agencies under his Department to complete energy and climate audits. [28808/21]

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: An Garda Síochána (3 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 143. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the way the proposed community policing model will be rolled out; and the extent to which it can be delivered within existing resources. [28086/21]

National Recovery and Resilience Plan: Statements (2 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: The greatest challenge we face is managing a recovery from a crisis the impact of which has not been even. Some, as we have heard, have €12 billion in savings accumulated while others have endured open wounds and seen their life's work go up in smoke. The country does not have the option of getting back to all that existed before now, and those who try to say we can go back to where...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (2 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: The Taoiseach will be aware that there are very significant intergenerational issues in respect of home ownership. Will he take measures to promote downsizing by people? In Ireland, 70% of us live in homes that are larger than our needs, which is more than double than in the rest of Europe. For people in my age bracket, 90% of us live in houses larger than our needs. That means that every...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Food Waste (2 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 62. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider developing a roadmap for halving food waste by 2026. [29885/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (2 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 63. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which restoration of peatlands can be a credit towards Ireland’s climate targets. [29886/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Negotiations (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 74. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the Irish position in relation to extension of the emission trading system to new sectors and to the negotiation of a new effort to sharing target for member states as part of the new EU approach Fit for Fifty Five. [29518/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Negotiations (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: This question is just to clarify an issue. In the European negotiations going on under what I believe is a title called the Fit for 55 package, as the targets that are being set are being enhanced. Ireland has a target of of 43% reduction in the emissions trading system, ETS, and 30% including flexibilities in non-ETS. Can the Minister now tell me what the EU is now seeking of us and what...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Climate Change Negotiations (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: My concern is, in particular, on the challenges that we face in agriculture and land use. At the moment there is no provision for recognising land use other than through the flexibilities. If we are to see significant progress on agricultural emissions we will have to be in a position to pay farmers for effectively carbon farming. That does not seem to be in the proposals. That might...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Environmental Policy (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 73. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the work on the circular economy, when completed, will become a major spine of climate action planning and cross-government implementation. [29517/21]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Environmental Policy (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: In the context of the circular economy strategy the Government is developing, will ambitious targets be set for, for example, reducing the material usage and increasing the sectors involved in the repair, refurbishment and sharing economy, which could affect the adverse impact of our environmental activity?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Environmental Policy (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: While I welcome the strategy's introduction, it is disconcerting to see that what has been published to date contains no targets, proposes no specific actions or timelines by which they would be delivered, and provides for no budget through which it would be effected. Does the Minister of State not agree we need to take a radical look at sectors like construction, retail and fast fashion and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Environmental Policy (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: I thank the Minister of State and am glad he finds the work I did to be of some use, but I will repeat what I said. We need to see actual actions, for example, banning best before dates being put on food products and only relying on the use by dates, which is the statutory requirement. In large retail stores, 20% of space could be provided for people who bring their own containers. While I...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Digital Hubs (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: Does the Minister of State agree it is a bit ironic that members of Sinn Féin, who continually lambast the Government about its housing strategy, seek, on every conceivable occasion, to oppose the provision of housing on public lands? This is yet another example of that.

Written Answers — Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 139. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he has evaluated the scope of the successful exporting sectors to provide opportunities for redeployment of workers displaced by Covid-19; and if specific initiatives are being evolved to identify such opportunities and to develop programmes to support transition of workers to them. [29188/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 160. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the obligations in respect of greenhouse gas reduction that have been set for public bodies; and the way delivery is being monitored. [20337/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Policies (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 196. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will consider initiating the development of a circular economy roadmap for some of the key sectors under his policy area. [28809/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Third Level Education (1 Jun 2021)

Richard Bruton: 359. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department will have the planned additional scholarships for the College of Europe designed to put Irish persons in a position to win posts in the European institutions in place for the coming academic year. [29165/21]

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