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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (21)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh

Question:

21. Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the actions he is taking to scale up the retrofit of low-income homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52962/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

My Department funds a number of SEAI grant schemes to support homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Since 2000, over 450,000 homeowners have upgraded their homes with support from these schemes, representing nearly one home in four across the country. This has resulted in warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes that are easier to heat and light. Budget 2022 has allocated €202 million for residential and community retrofit next year. Over half of this, €109 million, will be used to provide free energy efficiency upgrades to households that are in, or at risk of, energy poverty. The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage will invest a further €85 million as part of the Social Housing Retrofit Programme in 2022. Overall, this represents an allocation of €194 million to retrofitting homes of those most at risk of energy poverty next year - an increase of €20 million on this year’s allocation.

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme delivers a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to low-income households vulnerable to energy poverty. To date, over 143,000 homes have received free upgrades under the scheme. In the first six months of 2021, the average value of the energy efficiency measures provided per household was approximately €17,100.

In addition to the significant capital allocation for the Warmer Homes Scheme next year, resources have been provided to expand the capacity of the SEAI to deliver the scheme. In addition, delivery capacity in the supply chain has increased due to a new, broader contractor panel that commenced at the end of 2020.

Measures to support those least able to afford to retrofit their homes will also be included in the new National Retrofit Plan which will be published shortly.

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