Tuesday, 15 February 2022
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
232. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the ESRI-led research network on fuel poverty and the work with which it has been tasked; and the timeline for completion [8350/22]
A research network on fuel poverty chaired by the Economic and Social Research Institute was established in 2021. The group consists of representatives from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, the Department of Social Protection, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Central Statistics Office.
There have been two meetings of the network to date, in November 2021 and January this year. Further meetings will be scheduled for the coming weeks and months.
The Group has commenced examination of the data and metrics needed to improve existing measures for fuel poverty in Ireland. The main goal is to provide insights that enhance policy design to protect vulnerable households. A work programme, proposed outputs and timelines will be agreed and finalised shortly.