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Sinn Féin welcome changes to promote green energy

24 July, 2006

Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson, Philip McGuigan has welcomed a number of initiatives announced today aimed at promoting and developing the use of sustainable energy, in particular the changes to building regulations making the use of renewable energy in all new builds compulsory by 2008.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Sinn Féin argued in our submission on Rural planning that one of the most effective ways of promoting sustainable housing in rural areas was for a much greater use of renewable energies and also a requirement to utilise environmentally friendly sewerage systems.

"Theses changes affecting all new builds will support the development of the capacity of the micro-generation industry.

"I also welcome the launch of the launch of the £8 million renewable energy Household Programme.

"Sinn Féin have also argued that green energy options should be an essential part of an anti-fuel poverty strategy. Providing fuel poor vulnerable families on low incomes in private households with 100 per cent grant assistance to install solar hot water systems in 500 homes and the Housing Executive commitment to install 600 solar water panels in its properties is really only a very limited intervention. Sinn Féin would argue that the twin objectives of promoting green energy and eradicating fuel poverty would demand a far greater commitment and much higher targets." ENDS

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