Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (841)

David Cullinane

Question:

841. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of commercial property green leases that SEAI has identified that are under operation by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44303/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The SEAI do not gather or have information on the number of commercial property green leases in Ireland. Property leases, whether green or not, are private agreements and would be considered commercially sensitive contracts. Green leases usually rely on tenant–landlord cooperation by promoting collaboration and fostering better communication between the parties.

It is generally recognised that there are advantages to green leases, or the incorporation of green clauses in leases, when it comes to promoting improved energy efficiency.

In this context, green leases are included as an area of focus as part of the public consultation exercise to be launched shortly on ways to help address the split incentive problem in the rented sector. This will include seeking suggestions on how in practice more widespread use of effective green leases could be encouraged or promoted in rented commercial buildings.