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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Schemes (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: My Department currently has no plans to introduce a grant scheme for businesses within the hospitality sector to purchase food waste biodigesters.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I propose to take Questions Nos. 119, 135 and 141 together. The premises referred to in the Questions are located in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER area represents the area to be served by the network to be deployed under the NBP State led intervention. I appreciate people's...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: The Question refers to a premises located in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER area represents the area to be served by the network to be deployed under the NBP State led intervention. My Department has made enquiries to see if a commercial broadband network...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: With regard to the criteria for premises to pre-order broadband, NBI manages the build plan and launch details for all premises within the Intervention Area. NBI has advised that this plan includes forecast dates for each "Ribbon of premises", typically between 400 to 800 premises within a given Deployment Area, including any delayed or deferred premises encountered during the construction...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 137 together.I propose to take Questions Nos. 128 and 137 together. The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy (WAPCE) launched in September 2020 sets out the steps that will be taken in Ireland to reduce waste from packaging and single-use plastic items over the 5-year term of the plan. These steps include: -  Ireland transposed the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy, published in September 2020, contains some 200 measures.  To date significant progress has been made on a number of measures, including:- The publication of a first Whole of Government Circular Economy Strategy; - The expansion of the national standardised list of materials acceptable in the mixed dry recyclable bin to include all soft...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: The Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy details the measures that will be adopted to achieve optimum results in the area of packaging and plastics. The over-riding objective is to ensure that all packaging placed on the Irish market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030. Measures already actioned include:- The introduction of eco modulated fees which will result...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Reviews (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: My Department administers a very diverse, complex and technical brief across critical and strategic sectors of the Irish economy.Studies, reviews and research are currently being undertaken by my Department which contribute to project delivery and informed, robust and evidence-based policy making. Details of these are set out in the table below. Details of live studies, reviews...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Bodies (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: I propose to take Questions Nos. 170 and 171 together. The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce is co-managed by my Department and the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD). Membership is drawn from a range of Departments and bodies including the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage; the Department of Transport; Transport Infrastructure Ireland; the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: Telecommunications service providers are privately owned companies, operating in a liberalised market, regulated by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), which operates independently of my Department. I understand that Starlink Internet Service Limited registered with ComReg in 2020. I welcome the addition of new service providers to the Irish market, which will...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (19 Jan 2022)

Ossian Smyth: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within the Intervention Area which covers 1.1 million people living and working in the over 554,000 premises, including almost 100,000 businesses and farms along some 679 schools. Despite the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Infrastructure (16 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The premises referred to in the Question is located in the BLUE area on the NBP High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. BLUE areas are not included in the State intervention area covered by the National Broadband Plan as commercial operators are already providing high speed broadband or have indicated future plans to do so. My...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (16 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The NBP contract is a complex and detailed document which sets out the specific contract terms with NBI in respect of the rollout of the new high speed broadband network under the State led intervention. The publication of commercial contracts of this nature would not be commonplace but, recognising the public interest and level of State subsidy involved, and in accordance with...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (16 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 to 192, inclusive, together. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) State led Intervention will be delivered by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) under a contract to roll out a high speed and future proofed broadband network within the Intervention Area which covers 1.1 million people living and working in the over 544,000 premises, including almost 100,000...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Infrastructure (16 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The school referred to in the Question is located in the BLUE area on the NBP High Speed Broadband Map which is available on my Department’s website at www.broadband.go.ie. BLUE areas are not included in the State intervention area covered by the National Broadband Plan as commercial operators are already providing high speed broadband or have indicated future plans to do so. My...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Funding (16 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: Work is well under way at this site following the completion of planning and procurement requirements. In December 2020  Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown County Council entered into a contract (valued at approx. €2,000,000) for remediation works on the site. These works are expected to take approximately 9 months to complete. While work commenced in May this year, due to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Recycling Policy (15 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I propose to take Questions Nos. 17 to 23, inclusive, together. On 17 November, I signed the Separate Collection (Deposit Return Scheme) Regulations 2021, providing the legal framework for the deposit return scheme which will become operational across the country in Quarter 3 of 2022. The Regulations require that the approved body who will operate the scheme,shall achieve...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (15 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The Question refers to a premises located in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map which is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER area represents the area to be served by the network to be deployed under the NBP State led intervention. I appreciate people's frustration when they are living so close to a fibre network but cannot get a...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (15 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: I refer to the reply to Question No 60 of 9 September 2021. The position is unchanged.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Waste Management (14 Dec 2021)

Ossian Smyth: The EPA’s National Waste Statistics Summary Report for 2019 highlights the scale of the challenges we face in waste reduction in Ireland, while also confirming some of the dramatic improvements in waste management over recent years such as the reduction in the use of landfill to deal with municipal waste down from 80% in 2001 to 15% in 2019. The report also indicates that Ireland met...

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