Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Energy Policy

Violet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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258. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the time frame for enacting policy on fracked gas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44490/20]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Programme for Government recognises that as Ireland moves towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals that import fracked gas. The Programme for Government commits to developing a policy statement to establish that approach. My Department is in the process of developing the policy statement which includes consideration of any necessary legal and regulatory provisions. This includes detailed examination of the European energy and environmental frameworks, in which our national laws operate, to ensure the policy statement will be legally robust. Once finalised, I intend to bring the policy statement to Government for approval, and anticipate this will be in early 2021.

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