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Transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient society

Last updated: 21 November 2018
Published: 13 July 2018
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The capital investment priorities will represent a major change in Ireland’s delivery of climate-action objectives. This will provide a big reduction in carbon emissions during the period to 2030.

Investment priorities will include:

  • upgrading of 45,000 homes a year from 2021
  • an additional 3,000-4,500 MW of renewable energy
  • full rollout of the Renewable Heat Support Scheme
  • transition to low-emission - including electric - buses for the urban bus fleet
  • a target of little less than half of our vehicle fleet to be fully electric

Among the major infrastructural projects over the next 10 years will be the North-South and Celtic interconnectors, the conversion of Moneypoint to electricity and continued development of gas infrastructure to support regional and rural development.

A €500m Climate Action Fund will bring further investment by public and private bodies, with a strong focus on the transport sector. There will also be further investment in flood relief schemes to minimise the impact of river and coastal flooding.

See National Strategic Outcome 8 of the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 for full details.