Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Project Ireland 2040
753. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the capital projects which have been delayed under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies in tabular form; when these projects will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30878/19]
754. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the capital projects which have commenced under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30914/19]
755. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if expenditure estimates for capital projects under Project Ireland 2040 under the remit of his Department and agencies match projected cost requirements in tabular from; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30960/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 753 to 755, inclusive, together.
Project Ireland 2040 provides Exchequer funding of €7.6 billion, together with investment of €13.7 billion by commercial State bodies under National Strategic Outcome 8 - Transition to a Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Society. A copy of Project Ireland 2040 is available at the following link:
During the period of the Plan, key capital investments to be progressed with grant support from my Department include:
Energy efficiency upgrades in the residential, commercial and public sectors Support Scheme for Renewable Heat Electric Vehicle Incentives Energy research funding Boiler replacement
The vast majority of capital funding provided to my Department under Project Ireland 2040, comprises grant funding for the ongoing sustainable energy, and energy research programmes administeredbySEAI on behalf of my Department.
The National Development Plan as part of Project Ireland 2040 also provides for the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan State intervention, the contract for which is currently being finalised.
The €500m Climate Action Fund is one of four funds established under the National Development Plan 2018-2027. The Fund will support the delivery of innovative projects from the public and private sectors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the first call for applications, seven projects were approved and the validation process on these projects is currently underway. The successful projects will be provided with up to €77 million in support and will leverage a total investment of €300 million.
The information requested in relation to the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each agency. The Department will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of their organisations.