Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (218)

John Curran


218. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools that will undergo a deep energy retrofit as part of the major programme of retrofits scheduled to commence in 2022 as outlined in Project Ireland 2040; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25539/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

In the National Development Plan (2018-2027) €2.5bn is identified for the refurbishment and construction of schools. Part of this is intended for a deep energy retrofit of schools built prior to 2008.

My Department and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are currently involved in an energy efficiency retrofit pilot scheme for schools. Now in its third year, the aim of the pilot is to create a scalable model for energy efficiency retrofitting of schools.

This is taking place in advance of the major programme of retrofits scheduled to commence in 2022, as outlined in Project Ireland 2040. Subject to resources, it is intended to expand the intake of schools in the pilot programme in the lead up to 2022. However, it is too early at this stage to say how many schools will be involved with this programme.

This pilot commenced in 2017 when ten schools received energy retrofits. In 2018 six schools received retrofits and seventeen schools are set to benefit from this scheme in 2019.