Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1036)

Mattie McGrath

Question:

1036. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the working groups currently established in his Department; the focus of their work; the membership of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13561/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

Working Group (s) currently established

Focus of work

Membership/Composition

Working Group on Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting

TV Licence Collection

Chaired by Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, comprising representatives Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform; Finance, Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht; Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Revenue Commissioners

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, working group on the implementation of the revised Audio-visual Media Services Directive

Implementation of the revised Audio-visual Media Services Directive

Officials from Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

National Radon Control Strategy Co-ordination Group

Recommendations to the Minister/Government on matters relating to radon.

To implement actions agreed.

To report annually on progress to date and future actions planned.

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment;

Departments of Housing, Planning, and Local Government and Education and Skills; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI); Health Service Executive (HSE); Health and Safety Authority (HSA); Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); County and City Management Association (CCMA)

Bioeconomy Implementation Group

The National Policy Statement on the Bioeconomy, published in March 2018, mandated the establishment of this high-level Implementation Group, jointly chaired by the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The principal task of the Group is to bring forward recommendations to develop the bioeconomy further and it will report back to Government shortly.

Joint Chair (Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Communications, Climate Action and Environment ) and invited Members comprised of relevant Government Departments and State Agencies

National Adaptation Steering Committee

Climate Adaptation

Chair: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Members: Government Departments preparing sectoral adaptation plans under National Adaptation Framework (NAF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Met Éireann, Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs), Regional Assemblies, Local Government Management Agency (LGMA), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), Irish Water, Health Service Executive, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) Secretariat and others attend as required on an ad hoc basis

Inland Fisheries Policy Group

Consolidation and modernisation of fisheries legislation governing the inland fisheries sector from 1959 to date

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and seconded official from Inland Fisheries Ireland

Sustainable Development Goals – Interdepartmental Working Group

Provide the mechanism for the whole-of-government approach to monitoring and reporting progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

The Group is chaired by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Membership of the group includes a representative from each Government Department.

Rental Sector Advisory Group

The key objective is to consider the split incentive for energy efficiency renovation that exists in the rented sector in Ireland

The group will draft a public consultation on the issue and following analysis of the submissions will then make recommendations to the Minister on proposals which could ameliorate the energy efficiency split incentive in Ireland.

Chair: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Representatives from Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; the Residential Tenancies Board and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Long Term Renovation Strategy Working Group

To draft a 2020 long-term renovation strategy in accordance with the new Article 2a of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Chair: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Representatives from Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Warmth and Wellbeing Steering Group

To oversee the implementation of the pilot scheme and the associated research project.

Chair: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Representatives from Department of Health; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the Health Service Executive

Steering Group for the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy

To oversee the implementation of the Public Sector Energy Efficiency Strategy

Chair: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Representatives from: Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government; Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Office of Public Works; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and the National Treasury Management Agency

Renewable Electricity Policy & Development Framework (REPDF)

Steering Group and associated working groups

Renewable Energy Planning Framework

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment;

Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Local Government Management Agency; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Eastern & Midland Regional Assembly.

Renewable Electricity Support Scheme

Steering Group and Project team

Renewable Electricity Auction Design

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Eirgrid; Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

Grid Delivery and Renewable Targets Group

Renewable Electricity Targets 2020

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Eirgrid; Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU); ESB Networks

Offshore Renewable Energy Group

Steering Group and 3 Working Groups

Offshore Renewable Energy

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; The Commission for Regulation of Utilities;

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht;

Departments of Housing; Planning and Local Government; Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Transport, Tourism and Sport;

Eirgrid; Enterprise Ireland; Environmental Protection Agency; Geological Survey of Ireland; IDA Ireland; Irish Maritime Development Office; National Parks and Wildlife Service; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; The Marine Institute

Energy Networks (Gas & Electricity) Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Climate Change Adaptation

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment;

Eirgrid; ESB Networks; ESB Generation; Gas Networks Ireland; Commission for Regulation of Utilities; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; Electricity Association of Ireland; Irish Wind Energy Association

Offline Government services

To make recommendations on the provision of offline Government services

Department of Communications, Climate Action and representatives from Departments of Transport, Tourism & Sport; Agriculture, Food and Marine; Employment Affairs and Social Protection; Health; Education and Skills; Rural and Community Development; Housing, Planning and Local Government; Passport Office; Revenue Commissioners; Office of Government Chief Information Officer

Low Emission Vehicles Taskforce & Working Group

Group to coordinate and oversee work of working groups set up under the LEV Taskforce

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (Co-chair)

Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (Co-chair)

Departments of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Housing, Planning & Local Government; Public Expenditure & Reform; Finance; An Taoiseach; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); Transport Infrastructure Ireland; National Transport Authority; The County and City Management Association (CCMA)

District Heating Working Group

Develop a set of proposals to assist in the development of a policy framework to encourage the development of district heating.

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (Chair)

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); Commission for Regulation of Utilities; New Economy & Recovery Authority (NewERA) ; National Development Finance Agency; Codema (Dublin’s Energy Agency); Gas Networks Ireland; ESB; Dublin City Council; South Dublin City Council

Bioenergy Steering Group

Promote co-operation across the range of Government Departments, agencies and State bodies that critical enablers for the development of domestic bioenergy,

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (Chair)

Departments of Agriculture, Food & the Marine; Housing, Planning & Local Government ; Business, Enterprise & Innovation; Transport, Tourism & Sport; Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht ; Rural & Community Development; An Taoiseach; Public Expenditure & Reform;

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland ; Teagasc; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); NewERA

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) Steering Group

To oversee the development and implementation of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (Chair); Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland ; NewERA

Smart Community Action Group

Investigate the feasibility of public and private sector organisations working together to combine existing assets and resources to maximise the reach and impact of schemes and programmes to support citizens.

The Smart Community initiative has the potential, in combination with Local Authority Digital Strategies, to deliver enhanced demand stimulation for uptake of High Speed Broadband services in urban and rural communities.

Dept. of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment; Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation; Enterprise Ireland; Local Enterprise Office network

Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Working Group on State and Publicly owned Assets

The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Working Group on State and Publicly owned Assets, a sub-group of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce, was established in 2018 as a direct response to Action 19 of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Implementation Review 2017 Report. The role of the Working Group is to explore the feasibility of developing a standardised policy for accessing and utilising State assets for the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure.

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Co-chair); Department of Rural and Community Development (Co-chair);

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Office of Public Works (OPW); New Economy and Recovery Authority (NewERA); Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)

National Landfill Remediation Joint Steering Group

Landfill Remediation Programme monitoring

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment; Eastern Regional Midlands Waste Region; Connacht Ulster Waste Region; Southern Waste Region

Advisory Group to the Minister on the National Dialogue on Climate Action

National Dialogue on Climate Action

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; ECO-UNESCO; County and City Management Association ; Irish Business and Employers Confederation ; Irish Congress of Trade Unions; Trocaire ; Environmental Pillar; National Economic & Social Council; Four individual representatives; Irish Farmers' Association

National Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Development of national position for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations

Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment

Departments of Agriculture Food and Marine; Foreign Affairs and Trade; Public Expenditure and Reform; Transport, Tourism and Sport; Finance; Office of the Attorney General; Department of the Taoiseach; Environmental Protection Agency; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Wetlands Working Group

Working Group is tasked with progressing the accounting of Ireland’s managed wetlands so that such data may be incorporated into Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions inventories. It will incorporate analysis from ongoing work by the EPA on the delivery of the CORINE dataset under the Copernicus Programme, as well as the ongoing cross-agency national working group to advance a programme for national land cover and habitat mapping (NLCHM).

Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; National Parks and Wildlife Service; Teagasc; Environmental Protection Agency

Technical Research and Modelling Group (TRAM)

Technical working group to inform climate and energy policy development

Department of Communications Climate Action and Environment

Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine; Teagasc; Department of Transport Tourism and Sport; Department of Housing Planning and Local Government; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; Environmental Protection Agency; National Treasury Management Agency; Department of the Taoiseach; Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Department of Finance; Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation; Envecon; University College Dublin; University College Cork; Economic and Social Research Institute

Quarterly Threat Sharing Group Meetings

Threat Sharing

A range of Public Sector entities and Critical Infrastructure Operators

High Level Steering Group for the next National Cyber Security Strategy

National Cyber Security Strategy

Senior Officials from stakeholder Government Departments and Agencies

Turlough Advisory Committee.

Monitoring groundwater flooding areas in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon

Officials from Department of Communications, climate Action & Environment

Comprises members such as Office of Public Works, Irish Water, Environmental Protection Agency, Galway County Council and Roscommon County Council.