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To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether permission to build permanent infrastructure for fossil fuel storage, such as the Shannon LNG project, will lock Ireland into dependence on fossil fuel imports in conflict with transition objectives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 5th February, 2019.
REPLY: I have announced the preparation of an All of Government Climate Action Plan which when complete will set out how we can make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. The plan will build on existing policy and will focus action across Government in all sectors of the economy that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he is taking to curtail the increase in illegal dumping linked to the rising cost of domestic waste collection charges. – Clare Daly.
REPLYIn line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012, and in the interest of encouraging further waste prevention and greater recycling, flat-rate fees for kerbside household waste collection were phased out over the period autumn 2017 to autumn 2018.
My Department established a Household Waste Collection Price Monitoring Group (PMG) to monitor pricing developments for household waste collection services during the phasing out of flat rate fees. The PMG has met each month since September 2017 and has considered fifteen months of pricing data trends. The PMG has indicated that, in the vast majority of cases to date, charges have remained stable. Detailed data is available on www.dccae.gov.ie.