Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
88. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when persons will be able to avail of the SEAI retrofit grants that were announced in February 2022 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31816/22]
The Government approved a package of supports in February which make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades and achieve lower energy bills and lower emissions.As part of these new supports, new increased grant rates are available under the home energy upgrade schemes which are open for applications to the SEAI.
There are a number of ways to plan and manage home energy upgrades and grant applications and homeowners/contractors are advised to refer to the SEAI website for more information on these: www.seai.ie/home-energy/home-upgrades/.
The Climate Action Plan and National Retrofit Plan set ambitious targets to retrofit the equivalent of 500,000 homes to a Building Energy Rating of B2 and to install 400,000 heat pumps in existing buildings by the end of 2030. These targets represent a very significant increase in both the volume and depth of retrofit activity in Ireland. The Housing for All plan commits to the retrofitting of 36,500 local authority homes by 2030 as part of the achievement of these targets. The Retrofit Plan estimates that, between 2019 and 2025, almost 185,000 home energy upgrades will be delivered with over 83,000 to a B2/cost optimal level. When the emissions savings from the non-B2 upgrades are included, this is the equivalent of 120,000 B2 upgrades over the period. As a result, there will a need to deliver, on average, approximately 75,000 B2-equivalent home upgrades per year from 2026 to 2030 to achieve the overall target of 500,000 by 2030. The National Development Plan and National Retrofit Plan have ring-fenced €8 billion to support the achievement of this objective. This will be supplemented by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage budget for retrofitting local authority homes.