Colreavy criticises Taoiseach’s attempt to block energy efficiency fund
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources have criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s move to prevent Fine Gael MEPs voting in favour of an energy efficiency fund in the European Parliament.
Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is believed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny ordered the leader of Fine Gael MEPs in the EPP group, Seán Kelly, to vote against a move which would have seen the ring fencing of €5 billion from the Junker Investment Plan.
“The Industry, Trade and Energy Committee of the European Parliament ultimately backed the proposal, but the Taoiseach’s attempt to block the move raises questions as to their commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ireland.
“Currently, Ireland imports the vast majority of its energy from fossil fuels.
“It is a situation that is not sustainable into the future and has to be challenged on two fronts.
“Firstly, sustainable, renewable energy needs to be developed in Ireland.
“Secondly, energy efficiency needs to promoted and developed.
“Energy efficiency in buildings allows for the retrofitting of domestic, commercial and industrial properties so that their overall energy use is reduced.
“Energy efficiency in transport supports the promotion and investment in fuel efficient vehicles that are essential for Ireland to reach its commitment on carbon emission reductions.
“It is difficult to understand why the Taoiseach would be so eager to side line investment for such projects. It calls into question the governments support for a green economy in Ireland.”