Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1472)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

1472. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated first- and final-year cost of the introduction of a 15 cent levy on single-use coffee cups. [36894/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

This Government is committed to leading the way in reducing single use plastics and is working both at a national and European level to tackle this matter.

The Government’s recent Climate Action Plan will step up ambition in this area and contains a specific action to scope a number of possible environmental levies including on single use plastics, as part of a review of the Environment Fund. Work is currently underway on this action and a report outlining possible levy options is due to be submitted to me shortly.

Prior to the introduction of any new levy, further detailed research would be required, including a regulatory impact assessment, which would address implementation costs and revenue generation.