Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
232. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will introduce a grant support scheme to assist charities in carrying out retrofit of their facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46561/21]
The Programme for Government and the Climate Action Plan set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 2030. In 2021, my Department has provided a total of €221.5 million in funding to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the operation of a range of schemes aimed at supporting homeowners as well as communities to upgrade their buildings and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.The Communities Energy Grant scheme (CEG) received €30 million funding in 2021. The CEG supports community-oriented projects based on cross-sectoral, partnership approaches that deliver energy savings to a range of building types including public, commercial and community buildings, including charitable organisations, with a particular focus on using the projects to deliver home retrofits.
A new call for CEG projects for 2022 will issue from the SEAI in quarter 4 of 2021. More information on the Community Energy Grant scheme, including details of Project Co-ordinators, is available on the SEAI website or SEAI may be contacted directly on 1850 927 000 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.