Written Answers. - Smokeless Fuels.

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asked the Minister for the Environment if he has had any discussions with State energy companies regarding the need to encourage a greater use of smokeless fuels; if he will give details of any plans these companies have to achieve this objective; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Last November, I met representatives of Bord Gais Éireann, the ESB and Bord na Móna, as well as the other major fuel suppliers in the Dublin area, to impress on them the need for more aggressive promotion and marketing of available smokeless heating options. While I have no direct function in relation to the plans of State energy companies, I am satisfied that they have adopted a more positive approach to the promotion of smokeless options and will continue to do so.