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Budget 2022: Focus On Climate Action and Sustainability

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Budget 2022 has put a larger emphasis on sustainable energy and climate action, inviting praise from industry bodies across the country.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) heaped praise on the new Budget as it sparks the beginning of bringing the National Development Plan to fruition.

"It shows how important the climate targets are for this Government and Ireland as a whole and it demonstrates how SEAI's activities are integral to a complete transformation of our economy and society," said William Walsh, SEAI CEO. "This spans home energy upgrades, electric vehicles, community and business supports, and capital investment in public buildings.

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"I am particularly pleased to see the allocation of €109 million to our free upgrade services for qualifying energy poor homeowners. These services are funded through carbon tax receipts. This service was very badly impacted by the series of lockdowns during the pandemic and we consider it a priority area in the years ahead that makes a huge difference to lives and homes.

"It is abundantly clear that dramatic change is needed if we want to meet the climate challenge. Business as usual simply won't do. Nothing short of a societal movement to ultimately end the use of fossil fuels is now required. With the increased allocations and increased resources provided to SEAI, we look forward to supporting all energy users in their endeavours to reduce their use of fossil fuels. It is vital now that everyone responds – businesses, homeowners, and communities alike."

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