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Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Committee Stage (3 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Does Deputy Bruton wish to press the amendment?

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Committee Stage (3 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Amendments Nos. 8 to 12, inclusive, are related and may be discussed together by agreement.

Select Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Circular Economy, Waste Management (Amendment) and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2022: Committee Stage (3 May 2022)

Brian Leddin: Come on, please tell us.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authorities (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank the Minister and appreciate his reply. I will revert to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. As I said, we need that diversity in these teams on our local authorities and there is a question as to how we should spend public money. This is a huge sum of public money and it will be transformative in this country. We have an issue with how we fill those posts....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authorities (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: What steps has the Minister taken to ensure that local authorities have adequate flexibility in the recruitment of the multidisciplinary competencies necessary for both active travel teams and town teams, as outlined in Government policy and recent funding initiatives?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Local Authorities (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank the Minister for his answer. This question was originally sent to the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage but it was referred to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, who is obviously referring the issue back to the Minister with responsibility for housing. I believe there is a role for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this area,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Discussion (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: It seems like it was only a couple of weeks ago that Dr. Byrne and I spoke at a meeting of the Committee on Environment and Climate Action. The SEAI was thorough in its response to questions on the retrofitting grant. Dr. Byrne instilled a lot of confidence in members that it is being rolled out very well. It is important we have that confidence. I do not know whether the witnesses...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Discussion (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Time is limited. When somebody applies to a local authority for planning and states they want to knock down a building and build a new one, that is a problem. If we are not valuing the embodied carbon that is in those buildings, it will be easy for a local authority to allow a building to be knocked down and the construction of a new building to proceed. Are we considering that? We should...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Discussion (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I have a question on confidence in the system, which we always need to be on top of. I refer to quality control on the BER and assessment side and the renovation and deep retrofitting side. Are there mechanisms and systems to ensure they are in place? The reports following our recent committee meeting dented confidence.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government: Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Discussion (28 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: There were a few questions from Deputy Ó Broin that were avoided. It was not Mr. Armstrong, but there were some that the other witnesses did not get to answer. I wish to make a point on the narrative in the public domain, that people will have to move out of the house for the deep retrofit. That might refer back to the pilot scheme from the previous Government, which was very...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the implementation and impact of the new retrofitting plan, the matter of emissions generally in the built environment sector, including embodied emissions, construction and demolition, and recycling and reuse of materials. On behalf of the committee, I welcome from the Irish Green Building Council Mr. Pat Barry, its chief executive officer, and Ms...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Dr. Kinnane. Dr. Lindblom is joining us online. I understand she does not have a formal statement but if she wishes to make any comments or respond to some of the points already made, she is more than welcome to do so.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I thank Dr. Lindblom for her statement. There were some very interesting points. We will go to questions and answers. We are limited to three hours for this meeting. I propose that members take two minutes to ask their questions and we will give latitude to our guests to answer them, taking as much time as they need, within reason. Is that agreed? Agreed. I ask members to raise their...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Is there no such thing in place at the moment?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: Is there nothing at all?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: That is interesting.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: How close are we to introducing the kinds of systems we need? When we spoke before, Mr. Barry mentioned that the UK has a significant database of buildings and embodied emissions associated with its building stock. Is that correct?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: On the train coming here, I read the report Dr. Kinnane co-authored. As usual, I did not have enough time to get through it but it is a very impressive report. If he wants to try to address the question as well, he should feel free to do so.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: New Retrofitting Plan and the Built Environment: Discussion (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: I will allow other members in. Deputy Bruton had his hand up first.

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