Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Research Funding

Photo of Denis NaughtenDenis Naughten (Roscommon-Galway, Independent)
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103. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 247 of 14 June 2022, if he will publish the interim report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32667/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme aims to objectively measure and validate the health and wellbeing impacts of improving the living conditions of vulnerable people living in energy poverty with chronic respiratory conditions. The scheme is a collaboration between my Department and the Department of Health and was jointly administered by the Health Service Executive and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Since 2016, almost 1,500 homes have received free upgrades to their homes, including attic and wall insulation, window and door replacement and heating system upgrades where needed. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) were engaged to carry out, in collaboration with the HSE, an independent analysis of the health impacts of improved energy efficiency among the participants in the research element of this scheme. The LSHTM has been working closely with the research committee for the project, which consists of officials from my Department, the HSE, the Department of Health and the SEAI since then. An interim report including preliminary results was submitted to my Department in December 2021 and the final results and draft final report are due in the coming weeks. The interim report has indicated that  the upgrades are delivering benefits to the health and wellbeing of participants. The interim report was subject to review and feedback by the research team and HSE public health lead and will form part of the final report, which I will be publishing when it is finalised.

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