Govt. must clarify status of existing SEAI retrofit applications – O’Brien

Published on: 14 August 2019

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Housing, Darragh O’Brien TD, says the Minister for Environment should clarify whether the government will honour the commitment to homeowners who signed up for the Deep Energy Retrofit Scheme issued by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The call comes as the SEAI confirmed that the Deep Retrofit Scheme had run out of funding despite numerous ongoing applications across the country.

“It’s a bit rich that the Minister for Communications and Climate Action has launched a climate action plan when existing commitments are not being delivered. It is clear that there is a real demand from Irish people to do their part to reduce emissions.

“Many homeowners want to make proactive changes to their homes to reduce their carbon footprint. The government should help rather than hinder that process.

“Just like the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan this Fine Gael government seem happy to dawn the hard hats, pose for photos, and announce new projects but the substance is not there.

“Meeting our climate change obligations will require retrofitting 45,000 homes a year in the coming years and half a million in the next two decades. The SEAI can make all the commitments in the world to honour its contracts, but without funds from the Minister they are limited in their efforts.

“The Minister needs to urgently clarify the situation for families who have already committed to these works, and when a new retrofit scheme will be put in place,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.

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