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Heated debate: Protesters in Parliament Square in London demand action on the climate. PHOTO: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Heated debate: Protesters in Parliament Square in London demand action on the climate. PHOTO: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Heated debate: Protesters in Parliament Square in London demand action on the climate. PHOTO: PRESS ASSOCIATION

The €77m allocated to seven flagship climate projects will reduce emissions by 200,000 tonnes a year. This represents a cut of 0.33pc, and is clearly a drop in the ocean. That said, it is a positive signal from Government. It is investing in projects aimed at decarbonising the economy, and all of the projects have the potential to be scaled up, the district heating systems in particular.

These will utilise the heat generated from the Poolbeg Incinerator and an Amazon data centre to heat homes, heat that would otherwise go to waste. It can be replicated - for example, in the UK, a municipal swimming pool is heated using waste heat from a crematorium. There's potential to utilise heat generated from food processing plants and other industrial processes here, which would otherwise be wasted.


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