The proposed programme for government agreed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party contains a commitment to upgrade at least 500,000 homes to a B2 energy rating by 2030, among a series of commitments on the built environment.
The government's cuts to its Better Energy grants will cost jobs and
make it extremely difficult for Ireland to meet its retrofit and energy
reduction targets, green building magazine Construct Ireland has warned.
Following the budget, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
reduced grants for cavity wallinsulation from €320 to €350. Grants for
internal and external wall insulation were also reduced — previously
these were €2,000 and and €4,000 respectively, but now separate rates
have been introduced for different house types, with the maximum being
€1,800 for internal insulation and €3,600 for external.
The government has published its draft national action plan on green
public procurement (GPP). Environment minister Phil Hogan said the plan,
when finalised later this year, will apply to all personnel involved in
procurement across the public sector.
The plan aims to ensure the government
purchases sustainable products and services in areas such as
construction, energy, food and transport.
In light of the failure of AER 5 and the widespread pessimism in the wind industry regarding converting AER 6 contracts into operating wind farms, we asked the six main political parties what their proposals are for the development of an Irish wind industry.