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

Brian Leddin: That is factoring in the national development plan, and I suppose the embodied emissions would be a subset of it.

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

Brian Leddin: Okay.

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

Brian Leddin: Senator Higgins had a series of questions.

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

Brian Leddin: I agree with that. Senator Higgins had another question.

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

Brian Leddin: I will take Deputy Cronin as well before we return to our witnesses.

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

Brian Leddin: The first question was about hemp and the next steps that might be involved.

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

Brian Leddin: That is something in which members of the committee are very interested. Is there an association out there conducting a sectoral development analysis? I do not expect that our guests would conduct such an analysis, but are they aware of any organisation or association with which we could speak or to which we could reach out in that regard?

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

Brian Leddin: That is something on which the committee will certainly follow up. There is a positive need for us to do that.

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

Brian Leddin: On Deputy Cronin's question on the performance gap and the concerns, I think Dr. Kinnane addressed it earlier but if he wants to come back in that is okay.

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

Brian Leddin: It is analogous to the rush to electric vehicles.

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

Brian Leddin: It should be said that the retrofit plan is not something that anyone is trying to achieve in a year. It is actually a multi-decade plan. It is a nascent plan as well, and things are going to change, evolve and improve and, it is hoped, take on many of the points the witnesses have made very well.

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

Brian Leddin: I commend the Irish Green Building Council, and Dr. Kinnane and his colleagues Richard O'Hegarty and Stephen Wall on their report containing a really interesting analysis of where we are and where we need to go. I think this session may have borne it out that there are so many questions and so many possible decisions, solutions and steps that need to be taken. Perhaps a further iteration of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Transport Policy (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: 133. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the safeguards that are in place to ensure that all new investment into active travel is used on active travel projects that are built to up-to-date design standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21086/22]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Electric Vehicles (26 Apr 2022)

Brian Leddin: 158. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to extend the SEAI grants scheme for electric vehicles to smaller and lighter electric vehicles, including e-bikes and e-cargo bikes as an energy saving initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21085/22]

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

Brian Leddin: Yes, please go ahead.

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

Brian Leddin: Is there a year on it?

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

Brian Leddin: I thank Dr. Lindblom. Does Dr. Kinnane want to come in?

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

Brian Leddin: We now move to Senator Alice-Mary Higgins, who I believe is joining us from her office.

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