Programme for Government 2007StatusNotesClimate Change
The Government will set a target for thisadministration of a reduction of
3% per year onaverage in our greenhouse gas emissions
Climate change billcurrently being draftedIntroduce over five years an additional
€100 millionof energy efficiencymeasures
predominately atticand wall insulation.
This scheme was upscaledand is now worth€100mper year. It has alreadycreated 2,000 jobs.The Minister for Finance will present an outline
(Carbon Budget) in conjunction withthe annual financial Budget.
Carbon budgets deliveredin 2007 and 2008Appropriate fiscal instruments, including a
, will be phased in on a revenue-neutral basisover the lifetime of this Government.
Carbon Levy will bedelivered in the upcomingbudgetIntroduce measures to further weight
VRT andmotor tax
in favour of cars with lower emissions.
The measures, introducedin 2008, led to a doublingin sales of lower emissionsvehicles last year.Ensure
is given a strengthened research roleas part of the National Economic and SocialDevelopment Office. Its functions will includemonitoring and advising on the effectiveness of policyin achieving the goals of the Climate ChangeStrategy.
Grant funding to Comharhas increased from€320,000 in 2006 to€735,000 in 2009Improve the energy efficiency of new Irish homes byup to 40% or more
New building regulationswere enacted in 2007Complete the
phasing out of incandescent lightbulbs
in favour of more energy-efficient compactfluorescent bulbs to reduce our carbon emissions andsave on electricity costs
Incandescent bulbs arenow being phased outacross Europe followingJohn Gormley's lead inIrelandPublic awareness campaign on issue of climatechange
Funding for change.ieand other campaigns
Commit to long-term funding for the 12 centrescurrently in the
Dept agreed to providefunding subject to schoolsmeeting set out criteriaEnsure that no rezoning of land for residentialdevelopment can take place without a priorcommitment of an appropriate
proportion of landfor schools.In progress
Code of Practice onProvision of Schoolswill be delivered in thePlanning and DevelopmentAmendment BillCommitment to spending an additional
€350 millionper year
on new service developments in education.
€125m allocated in 2007.€534m was allocated toprimary and post-primaryschool building projects in2007; €614m in 2009.Increase the number of primary teachers by at least4,000. This will enable us to
reduce class sizes.
Thestaffing schedule will be reduced from a general ruleof at least one teacher forevery 27 pupils in 2007/08, by one point a year, to one for every 24 childrenby 2010/11.
Primary school staffingschedules remain thesame as 2007/08 schoolyear due to budget cutsPrioritise
and eco-design in newschool buildings
Energy efficiency is now acentral part of new schooldesign and theDepartment has also1