Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2158, 2239)

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

2158. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the projected capital spending from 2020 to 2024 for functions within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in tabular form. [32953/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Pearse Doherty

Ceist:

2239. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the projected capital spending from 2020 to 2024 in his Department by the areas to which the spending will be directed, in tabular form. [32956/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2158 and 2239 together.

My Department and its agencies play a lead role in the delivery of a number of the strategic priorities identified in the National Development Plan and the recently published Climate Action Plan. Annual capital ceilings in respect of the period 2020 to 2022 were published in the National Development Plan and are set out in the Table, while detailed programme allocations are published in the Revised Estimates Volume, subsequent to each Budget Day.

Year

Capital Ceiling

2020

€297m

2021

€317m

2022

€400m

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has indicated, in the recently published 2019 Mid Year Expenditure Report, that a capital reserve provision of up to €0.2 billion will be established in 2020 to meet any additional costs arising from the National Broadband Plan and the National Children’s Hospital. This Report also references additional capital of €0.2 billion in respect of the NBP in 2021 and 2022.

Capital investment in the energy area will position Ireland on a sustainable trajectory towards to achieve a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. Increased funding for energy efficiency upgrades in the residential, commercial and public sectors will deliver significant energy savings and reductions in emissions. Other key energy measures include the rollout of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat, supports for the uptake of electric vehicles, along with investment in energy research to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels.

In the Communications area, the National Broadband Plan State intervention will ensure that the opportunities presented by the digital transformation are available to every citizen, company and community in Ireland.

With a view to protecting our environment, my Department will continue to provide grant funding for the remediation of landfill sites, as well as supports for the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy. Ongoing investment in INFOMAR and Tellus mapping projects to support geoscience and in inland fisheries will underpin the sustainable development of Ireland’s natural resources.