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

Eamon Ryan: The EU Taxonomy for sustainable activities classifies what are to be considered environmentally sustainable economic activities for investment and reporting purposes. The European Commission circulated a draft Delegated Regulation on EU Taxonomy last month. As set out in a letter that I co-signed with Ministers from a number of other Member States in March of last year, it is considered...

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

Eamon Ryan: 138  and  139 together. The capacity market is an integral part of the all-island Single Electricity Market which is overseen by the Single Electricity Market Committee. The Single Electricity Market Committee consists of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, their Northern Ireland counterparts and an independent member. The termination of the capacity contracts...

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

Eamon Ryan: My Department is committed to providing the highest standard of communications, stakeholder engagement, and open and transparent dialogue in order to inform policy making and enhance our services for citizens. Our communications approach is designed to enhance our reputation and build trust through collaboration and engagement. Social media is a critical tool in achieving these objectives,...

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

Eamon Ryan: The Department is responsible for a diverse range of functions covering the communications, climate action, environment, energy and natural resources sectors and the procurement of specialist services is necessary to support the delivery of policies and programmes in these areas. In 2021 expenditure by my Department on such services amounted to just over €14.3m as set...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 144 and 145 together. I propose to take Question Nos 144 and 155  together. There are currently two new electricity interconnectors under development to link Ireland's electricity system to France (Celtic interconnector) and to Wales (Greenlink interconnector). A revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation has...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Government policy and the offshore renewable energy motion approved by the Dáil on 8 December are aligned in their objective to maximise Ireland’s offshore renewable energy potential and associated economic opportunities, including those opportunities that will accrue to local coastal communities. In the period since 8 December, the following offshore renewable energy related...

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

Eamon Ryan: A client/customer facing service for the purposes of this response has been determined as a service that the Department provides to the public but the delivery of which is being outsourced to a contractor.Set out in the table below is the related expenditure incurred for the years 2017 to date. Name of Contracted Service Provider Details of...

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

Eamon Ryan: The Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2021 sets out a roadmap to cut Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 and to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Decarbonising Ireland’s electricity system will play a vital role in this transition, and therefore the Government has agreed a more ambitious commitment to increase the proportion of renewable electricity to up to 80% by 2030....

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

Eamon Ryan: While there is currently no official Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) station in the Glanmire area, I note that a citizen science monitoring project has reported some high levels of air pollution in this area. Official data from the National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (AAMP), operated by the EPA, has shown periodic elevated levels of emissions of fine...

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

Eamon Ryan: The licence application referred to is for a renewal of a prospecting licence, not a mining licence. A prospecting licence relates to the activity of prospecting (exploring) for minerals and does not, if granted, give a licence holder permission to mine. All prospecting licence applications, including renewals, are subject to public consultation giving all stakeholders and local...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Bord na Móna (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: This is an operational matter for Bord Na Móna. I have referred this matter to the Company and asked the company to respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

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

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163 and 164 together. 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 158, 157 and 155  together. The all-island Single Electricity Market, which operates in Ireland and Northern Ireland, is overseen by the Single Electricity Market Committee. The Single Electricity Market Committee consists of the Commission for...

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

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 167 together. In July 2021, my Department published a draft Policy Statement for Mineral Exploration and Mining, and associated Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and Appropriate Assessment Natura Impact Statement for a 10 week public consultation. The consultation closed on 15 October, 2021 and my Department is currently...

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

Eamon Ryan: The Minerals Development Acts of 1940 to 1999, under which prospecting licences are granted, require 21 days' notice of the Minister's intention to grant or renew a prospecting licence and for the receipt of any submissions. However, it is the practice of the Department to keep the consultation period open for a total of 30 days. The consultation period, in this specific case, has been...

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

Eamon Ryan: Desktop studies, geochemistry and surface geophysics are temporary, non-intrusive activities, involving minimal disturbance and have a limited zone of influence.  Such activities are not subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) under national and EU legislation. In the event that a prospecting licence holder does identify a target for drilling, any proposed drilling activity...

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

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 173 and 181 together. The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme is funded by my Department and administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The scheme delivers a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to lower income households vulnerable to energy poverty. To date over...

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

Eamon Ryan: The pending introduction of the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff represents the first phase of a comprehensive enabling framework for micro-and small-scale generators in Ireland which will allow them to receive payment from their electricity supplier for all excess renewable electricity they export to the grid, which reflects the market value of the electricity.The Commission for...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Public Sector Staff (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 175, 176 and 177 together. I understand that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will provide the information relating to the Civil Service directly to the Deputies. In relation to the non-commercial state agencies under the aegis of my Department, this is an operational matter for each agency and I have asked the relevant agencies to respond...

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

Eamon Ryan: A feasibility study undertaken by my Department in 2008 developed integrated rehabilitation and management plans for the Avoca mine site, addressing human and ecological concerns, safety and physical hazards, heritage, future uses and long-term site monitoring and management.  The overall estimated cost for the works included in the 2008 study was over €50m with works...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Special Areas of Conservation (19 Jan 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Bye-laws referred to by the Deputy have been in place for some 16 years. However, to provide for the most robust, modern, comprehensive and sustainable management of these waters, I requested Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) to prepare and submit to me comprehensive draft management plan for a number of Lakes, including Lough Corrib. My Department is currently examining...

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