Thursday, 4 July 2019

Questions (32)

Pat Deering


32. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the climate action fund; when a further call for applications will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28560/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Climate Action Plan includes a commitment to developing the scope of a new call in Q3 2019 and launching a new call in Q4 2019. Under the first call for applications seven projects were approved. These projects will be provided with up to €77 million in support which will leverage a total investment of €300 million.

The projects span a range of sectors supporting the rollout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, the development of two district heating projects, the installation of energy-efficient public lighting, the development of renewable gas infrastructure, the installation of energy-efficient hybrid-drive systems in inter-city trains, and the use of information technology to reduce emissions in heavy goods vehicles.

Having completed the assessment stage, the validation process on these projects is currently underway which includes detailed due diligence and agreement of project outputs and timelines.