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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 20 January 2022

Thursday, 20 January 2022

Questions (159)

Charles Flanagan

Question:

159. Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the grant supports available to small shop owners who wish to make their premises more environmentally sustainable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2798/22]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Programme for Government and the Climate Action Plan set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 2030. Budget 2022 provided for €202 million in funding to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the operation of a range of schemes aimed at supporting homeowners as well as communities to upgrade their buildings and facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage, thereby reducing fossil fuel usage, energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The Communities Energy Grant scheme (CEG) supports community-oriented projects based on cross-sectoral, partnership approaches that deliver energy savings to a range of building types across public, commercial and community buildings, including the retail sector, with a particular focus on using the projects to deliver home retrofits.

A new call for CEG projects for 2022 will issue from the SEAI shortly. More information on the Community Energy Grant scheme, including details of Project Co-ordinators, is available on the SEAI website or SEAI may be contacted directly on 1850 927 000 or by e-mail at bec@seai.ie. 

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