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Minister Bruton Publishes Report on Energy Efficiency of Public Sector Bodies

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D. has recently published a report by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on the energy efficiency of all public bodies.
 
The report evaluated 331 public bodies and 2,279 schools, representing an annual energy spend of €608 million. The report shows that public sector bodies collectively saved €191 million and 667,000 tonnes of avoided CO2 emissions in 2017.
 
Since 2009, public sector bodies have made over €1 billion in energy savings and avoided 3.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. These savings have made the public sector 24% more efficient in energy use overall since 2009, putting it on course to achieve the 33% energy efficiency target by 2020.

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Government appoint Ireland’s first Planning Regulator

Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, has recently announced that the Government have appointed Mr. Niall Cussen as Ireland’s first Planning Regulator, heading up the new Office of the Planning Regulator which the Minister intends to establish in January.  Mr. Cussen’s appointment was recommended following an open recruitment process conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

Mr. Cussen is currently the Chief Planner at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and has been centrally involved in the development of a range of national planning policies, including the National Planning Framework published earlier this year as part of Project Ireland 2040.  He has also previously worked in An Bord Pleanála and in Dublin City Council and Meath, Clare and Roscommon County Councils.  He is an Economics and Geography graduate of NUI Maynooth and has also been awarded a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters of Regional and Urban Planning from UCD.

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Lights switched off at motorway junctions in bid to cut electricity bill by €1m a year

Lighting has been dimmed, or turned off at many of the State’s motorway junctions by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in a move that will cut electricity bills by €1 million a year.
The changes, which began to be introduced in September, follows the fitting of new lighting systems, along with the replacement of existing lamp-posts and older-style bulbs.

Cost was not was the overriding reason, said TII, though the changes were spurred by the need to comply with a 2012 EU energy policy that requires Ireland to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Minister Canney Launches Guidelines to Help Local Authorities Plan for Impacts of Climate Change

The Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development Sean Canney T.D. has launched guidelines to help local authorities prepare for the impacts of climate change.
 
The government are developing an all of government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Local authorities, as the level of government closest to communities, have a key role to play in this.
 
The announcement fulfils a key action under the National Adaptation Framework. All local authorities will be required to adopt a local adaptation strategy in line with the published "Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines". This approach will ensure consistency and coherency across all local authorities. The Department will review these local strategies once completed, with a view to mainstreaming effective initiatives and sharing learnings both locally and regionally.

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Minister Murphy publishes Social Housing Construction Status Report and details of Social Housing Output for Quarter 3 2018

Minister Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government today published the Quarter 3 2018 Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report, which sets out the continuing progress being made in advancing the national Local Authority and Approved Housing Body new-build construction projects.

The Minister also published details in respect of overall social housing delivery across all programmes for Quarter 3 2018, broken down on a local authority basis and tracked against 2018 targets.

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