Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ceisteanna (157)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

157. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned spending for all €23 billion of climate-related spending outlined in the national development plan, NDP, by year; the projected budgetary impact; and the estimated impact on the general Government balance, that is, GNI* in tabular form. [26092/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Government has committed to increasing public capital investment to about 4% of GNI* and then maintaining public investment at this level over the remaining period of the National Development Plan (NDP).

The NDP has pledged that €21.8 billion will be invested in the low carbon transition. This includes €7.6 billion in Exchequer funding and €14.2 billion of non-Exchequer funding - mainly investment by the commercial State sector. In addition, €8.6 billion of Exchequer funding is allocated for investment in Sustainable Mobility, with €8.8 billion investment planned in Sustainable Management of Water and other Environmental Resources and a further €14.5 billion allocated to Compact Growth.

This investment will fund numerous flagship investment programmes, from supports for energy efficiency, to the delivery of major new public transport projects such as MetroLink. Details of the projects that will be supported by this investment are available from the relevant Departments.

The breakdown of the resource allocations for the delivery of the National Strategic Objectives most relevant to Climate Action over the period of the NDP (2018-2027) is provided in Table 1 attached. In terms of annual allocations, Departmental Exchequer capital allocations are available for the period 2019-2022 (see attached Table 2 which sets out the Exchequer capital allocations for the Departments most relevant to the climate action NSOs). The intention is to extend these further in Budget 2020.

Table 1. Indicative resource allocations for the delivery of NSOs, and for named Strategic Investment Priorities under each NSO, over the period 2018-2027

€ billion

Exchequer

Non-Exchequer

Allocation

Sustainable Mobility (Lead Department: DTTAS)

8.6

of which: Dart Expansion

2.0

Metro Link

3.0

BusConnects Programme

2.4

Transition to a Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Society (Lead

Departments: DCCAE, DTTAS, DAFM, OPW, commercial SOEs)

21.8

of which: Energy Efficiency - housing retrofit

3.0

Energy efficiency in public buildings

0.8

Boiler replacement

0.7

Support Scheme for Renewal Heat

0.3

Climate Action Fund

0.5

Electric vehicles

0.2

Flood Defences

1.0

Energy Investment (renewables, interconnection, etc)

13.7

Table 2. Departmental Capital Allocations

Departmental Capital Allocations 2018-2022

2019

2020

2021

2022

Ministerial Vote Group

(€ million)

Communications, Climate Action & Environment

277

297

317

400

PER Group (incl. OPW)

201

214

223

232

Transport, Tourism & Sport

1,613

2,058

2,526

2,405

Agriculture, Food & the Marine

255

258

265

275