Retrofitting needed on 10,000 social housing units to meet energy targets

Over 10,000 social housing units will need to be retrofitted to meet energy rating targets in the coming years, a group representing housing schemes has said. The Irish Council for Social Housing represents 270 organisations managing 35,000 social housing units across the country, and has said that almost one-third of those units will need to be […]

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Welfare measures include €2 on fuel allowance and €13m for warmer homes scheme

The Government will increase the fuel allowance by €2 a week and pump €13m into a warmer homes scheme in a bid to help hard-pressed families cope with the new carbon tax. Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed the decision as he revealed the budget 2020 plans to the Dáil just after 1pm on Tuesday, admitting […]

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Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference announced by Minister Bruton

Minister announces the Fuel Poverty Conference 2019

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today visited leading energy providers at a pop-up Energy Café event hosted by Energy Action in Dublin 1 today. Minister Bruton said: “The Climate Action Plan is our roadmap to a more sustainable, healthier future. It aims to help 500,000 homes to take the […]

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The Urgent Need to Deep Energy Renovation in EU Homes to Address Energy Poverty

In February 2019, Open Exp and The Right to Energy Coalition released new data regarding the four main factors contributing to energy poverty in the EU, comprising share of energy expenditures within household expenditures, inability to stay sufficiently warm in winter or cool in summer, and the quality of housing – in particular noting dwelling […]

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Conference Checklist

Checklist for FPCon19 Conference Day

We thought it might be helpful for us to remind you of a few things before we open the doors of the Fuel Poverty Conference 2019 on Monday 21st Oct 2019 at Croke Park, Dublin. Bring a printed/digital version of your ticket – need to still buy it! FREE Car parking is available Need some help, on […]

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Fuel poverty review not carried out ahead of carbon tax hike

The Departments of Finance and Climate Action have not carried out a fuel poverty review to determine how an increased carbon tax would affect low-income households – with just a fortnight to go before the increase is expected to be announced in the Budget. Members of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee responded angrily to the […]

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Ireland to stop oil exploration, Taoiseach tells UN summit

Speaking as he arrived in New York for a UN Summit on climate change, Leo Varadkar said Ireland will become one of the first countries in the world to phase out the exploration of oil. Mr Varadkar has also confirmed that all extra funds collected through controversial carbon taxes will be ring-fenced and used for […]

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Demand for review of fuel poverty before any increase in carbon tax

CARBON taxes should not be increased while the country is “in the dark” about how many people are in fuel poverty, People Before Profit have said. The party is opposed to increasing the tax on fossil fuels, which stands at €20-per-tonne. It wants oil and gas companies to be hit with tax increases instead of […]

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Minister announces SEAI grants to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes

The grants, which have been approved for a number of community projects, will also cover upgrades for commerical and community buildings. MINISTER RICHARD BRUTON has announced a number of grants have been approved under the SEAI Communities scheme to deliver energy upgrades to almost 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings. The Minister for […]

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