Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1545)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1545. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the involvement of his Department in an organisation (details supplied); the amount invested in same to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36644/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

A representative from the Heat and Transport Policy division in my Department has regularly attended meetings of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI). My Department engages with HMI as a policy stakeholder, providing policy context and input; however, the Department is not an author of any outputs from the group nor does it have any governance function.

Earlier this year, industry representatives from HMI were invited to attend and present at a meeting of Working Group 4 of the Low Emission Vehicle Taskforce. This working group, co-chaired by my Department and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, was tasked with examining the role of incentives and infrastructure in the transition of the transport fleet to alternative (non-electric) fuels. Deliberations from this Working Group are helping to inform policy development recommendations of the overall LEVTaskforce, a Report from which is expected in the coming weeks.

No financial investment has been provided to HMI by my Department.