Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1257)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

1257. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the stage the proposed review of the impacts of increasing carbon tax on fuel poverty within households is at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19530/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The recently published Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action contains a detailed set of recommendations addressing polices and measures across a range of Government Departments and Agencies. The recommendations, including the proposed review of the impacts of increasing the carbon tax on those living in fuel poverty, are being considered in the context of the All of Government Climate Plan, which I am currently developing and which is due to be published shortly.

This Plan will set out how this Government intends to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change and will set out a range of actions in electricity, agriculture, transport and buildings, as well as in other key sectors. An important consideration in this regard will be ensuring that our carbon reduction targets are achieved while supporting those at risk of energy poverty.