Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (449)

David Cullinane


449. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of houses nationwide in need of retrofit by retrofit scheme in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39384/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Government’s Climate Action Plan sets an ambitious target of 500,000 home retrofits to Building Energy Rating ‘B2’ by 2030. This was identified as the necessary contribution from the Built Environment to Ireland's overall emissions reduction targets for 2030. Achieving our 2050 ambition will require a further step up and many more houses will have to be retrofitted in the decades to come. The level of retrofit required for each home will depend on the starting point and current energy performance in that home. I recently announced the establishment of a Taskforce that will drive the achievement of this target. The Taskforce will oversee the development of a new national delivery model, which will group homes together, create easy pay back mechanisms and develop smart financing options. Development of the new model will be informed by the experience from existing schemes in Ireland as well as best practice in other jurisdictions. The first meeting of the Taskforce took place on 30 September.