Friday 22 September 2017

Naughten seeking more money for retrofitting homes

Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten also wants to ramp up funding to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat, with around one million properties in need of works. Stock Image
Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten also wants to ramp up funding to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat, with around one million properties in need of works. Stock Image
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Funding for a public sector energy efficiency programme, more money to retrofit homes and incentives to encourage motorists to buy electric vehicles are among the key priorities for Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten.

Public bodies must reduce energy consumption by 33pc by 2020, and are around halfway there - but need capital funding to drive the programme. The minister also wants to ramp up funding to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat, with around one million properties in need of works.

Extending incentives to increase sales of electric vehicles is also a priority. While a VRT exemption is in place, it is due to expire at the end of the year. Money is also needed for a renewable heat incentive to help meet climate change targets. A cut in the carbon tax for some technologies is mooted, to encourage take-up.

Irish Independent

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