Written answers

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Departmental Websites

12:00 pm

Photo of Liz McManusLiz McManus (Wicklow, Labour)
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Question 303: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if there are any plans to merge websites (details supplied) following the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programme on public spending; the cost of running both of these websites; the cost of the recently launched www.1010.ie; his views on whether they all cover the same broad area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43350/09]

Photo of John GormleyJohn Gormley (Dublin South East, Green Party)
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I refer to the reply by my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, to Question No. 43 of 13 October 2009.

The contract for the Change campaign was terminated on 31 October 2009. Since then, while the brand has been maintained, the content of the Change.ie site has been transferred to the climate change section of www.enfo.ie with the calculators for individuals and organisations being managed by the Environmental Protection Agency. This will ensure the climate change content will continue to be developed and savings will ensue in respect of hosting and maintenance.

The contract for the Power Of One campaign ended on 31 December 2008 and has not been renewed. Since 1 January 2009, Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has assumed responsibility for promotion of energy efficient behaviour in the residential sector, using the Power of One brand. As part of these arrangements, the standalone Power of One website was terminated and relevant campaign materials were migrated to the existing SEI website content management and hosting infrastructure, where they were combined with SEI's existing consumer advice materials.

The recently launched 10:10.ie website is not a Government site; it is an Environmental NGO site which aims to unite every sector of Irish society behind the idea that by working together we can achieve a 10% cut in Ireland's carbon emissions in 2010. Initiatives taken by community and voluntary organisations which build upon the success of national awareness campaigns such as Change.ie and Power of One should be encouraged and, to this end, I was very pleased to show my support by launching the 10:10 website in October.


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