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Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: National Treasury Management Agency (9 Nov 2021)

Paschal Donohoe: ...It prohibits ISIF from directly investing in any undertaking that generates 20% or more of its turnover from the exploration for, or extraction or refinement of, a fossil fuel such as oil, natural gas, peat, coal or any derivative thereof intended for use in the production of energy by combustion. Where the agency becomes aware that an undertaking in which such assets have been so...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Economic Policy (9 Nov 2021)

Paschal Donohoe: ...the ISIF from directly investing in any undertaking that generates 20% or more of its turnover from the exploration for or extraction or refinement of a fossil fuel such as oil, natural gas, peat, coal or any derivative thereof intended for use in the production of energy by combustion. Where the Agency becomes aware that an undertaking in which such assets have been so invested by it...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Change Policy (9 Nov 2021)

Eamon Ryan: ...Fund, the Government is committed to a just transition in the Midlands region and has dedicated significant funding to supporting workers, companies and communities affected by the closure of the peat-fired power stations and the end of peat harvesting by Bord na Móna. The national Just Transition Fund will continue to support projects across the wider Midlands region, (including east...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Reports (9 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Marian Harkin: 334. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the timeline for the publication of the report of the working group on the use of Peat Moss in Horticulture; if the findings of the report will be debated in Dáil Éireann and acted on without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54279/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Departmental Data (9 Nov 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: ...established as a pilot programme to provide learnings on the move to 'deeper retrofit', to trial the aggregation concept and provide economic stimulus to the counties most affected by the cessation of peat harvesting for electricity generation. It centered therefore on upgrading larger batches of homes in distinct, compact geographical areas. The Midlands Retrofit Programme has...

Seanad: Electricity (Supply) (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (4 Nov 2021)

Eugene Murphy: ..., when the Government fell, the Bill fell. That is why we are back where we are today. I also thank Senator Carrigy for his very valid contribution and his colleagues for their support. I repeat that this is work everybody should do together. If we have to make some amendments or changes, we should do that. To clarify, one of the problems we need to understand with dredging is that,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Horticulture Sector (4 Nov 2021)

Peadar Tóibín: 195. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address the crisis facing the Irish horticulture sector owing to the effective ban on indigenous peat harvesting; if he will seek the immediate publication of the report of the working group on the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural Industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53792/21]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Horticulture Sector (4 Nov 2021) See 2 other results from this answer

Martin Browne: 267. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the report from the working group on the review of the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural Industry was presented to him; when it will be published; and the deliberations that were undertaken in the intervening time. [53778/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (4 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Peadar Tóibín: 385. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will address the crisis facing the Irish horticulture sector owing to the effective ban on indigenous peat harvesting; if he will seek the immediate publication of the report of the working group on the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural Industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53791/21]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (2 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

Claire Kerrane: ...livelihoods overnight. Those jobs have not been replaced. They and their communities really feel like they are collateral damage in the move from brown energy to green energy. To add insult to injury, peat production in Ireland has been stopped but peat is now being imported at record levels, with almost 40,000 tonnes, to the value of €6.7 million, having been imported in just...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed) (2 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this debate

...plants within a field and the overall sward, whether it is improved grassland, semi-natural grassland or other habitats, for example. Particularly in upland areas, we look at the extent of bare peat. We know that a greater level of bare peat leads to greater greenhouse gas emissions. Immediately a higher score will be achieved if the area is totally vegetated with little or no bare...

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

Ossian Smyth: I take it that the question refers to a consent system for peat extraction. Commercial peat extraction is subject to a dual consent process requiring planning permission and, for sites over 50 hectares, an Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There has been a history of widespread non-compliance with this dual consent process, with many...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Policy (2 Nov 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Cian O'Callaghan: 129. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if there has been an environmental assessment carried out on the importation of peat; if not, if he will conduct one; if so, if he will publish the details of the assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52101/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Common Agricultural Policy (2 Nov 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...areas. Proposed measures with the key objective of reducing carbon equivalent emissions include the following: - Under baseline Conditionality, new requirements from 2024 will help to reduce emissions from peat-based agricultural land. - New Eco-Schemes will encourage and reward tree planting, expansion of non-productive areas and landscape features, extensive livestock production and...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Agriculture Schemes (2 Nov 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: ...will have co-benefits for biodiversity, water, soil, and air quality as well as contributing to climate objectives. A key climate-related sub-action is reduced management intensity of grassland on peat soils. This will help to reduce emissions and protect the peat carbon pool. Other sub-actions such as low input grassland and planting of trees and hedges will also help reduce...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (21 Oct 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: 28. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress made in the research projects he has funded to explore alternatives to peat-based growing media for horticultural production; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51688/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Horticulture Sector (21 Oct 2021) See 2 other results from this answer

Matt Carthy: 42. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to address the ongoing crisis in the horticulture and mushroom sectors due to peat shortages. [50712/21]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Recycling Policy (21 Oct 2021) See 1 other result from this answer

Réada Cronin: ...for which the cumulative contents of brown bins is used; if the contents of brown bins could be processed and used to assist growers such as mushroom producers who may be reliant on imported peat; if the contents of brown bins are tested for the forever chemicals and PFAS; and if so, the levels at which they occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51806/21]

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Environmental Policy (20 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. Solid fuel, that is, coal and peat, is liable to excise duty in the State in the form of the solid fuel carbon tax. The solid fuel carbon tax is a national excise and applies at different rates to four categories of solid fuel, including coal, peat briquettes, milled peat and other peat. The solid fuel carbon tax rate is €33.50 per tonne of...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Environmental Impact Assessments (20 Oct 2021)

Peter Burke: ...more than 2 hectares of wetlands would be affected. Exempted development thresholds for development consisting of the carrying out of drainage and/or reclamation of wetlands are set out at Class 11 of Part 3 of Schedule 2 of the Regulations. Peat extraction is contained in the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as a different class of development to...

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