Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Question 58: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on claims that just €130 million from the €250 million revenue gained from the carbon levy has been going to earmarked schemes; the energy efficiency measures to benefit from the carbon tax; the percentage of revenue gained from the carbon tax that will be spent on energy efficiency measures in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44980/10]
Budget 2010 allocated €40 million for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's energy efficiency programmes in the domestic, business and public sectors, with an additional €50 million, from carbon tax revenues, for the creation of the National Retrofit Programme. In advance of the launch of the National Retrofit Programme this funding has been utilised for existing energy efficiency schemes, notably, the Home Energy Savings Scheme and the Warmer Homes Scheme. Under the 2010 Social Housing Retrofitting Programme, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government was allocated €40 million to support local authorities across the country in improving their stock of vacant social houses and occupied apartment complexes. The utilisation of revenue from taxation receipts, including the carbon tax, is a matter for the Minister for Finance.