- €87m to support the National Broadband Plan, cyber security and promote digital skills among small businesses and citizens
- €112m for energy efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial and public sectors to reduce CO2 emissions from the built environment
- €6m for Support Scheme for Renewable Heat
- €13m for Electric Vehicles support
- €265m to support a vibrant broadcasting sector, which includes maintaining funding for TG4, a 5% increase for RTE and an increase of €647,000 for the Broadcasting Fund
- €10m investment in applied energy research to diversify away from fossil fuels to green energy
- €60m sustainable development of Ireland’s natural and inland fishery resource
- €70m investment in the Environment and Waste Management to support the Environmental Protection Agency and for continued promotion of environmental protection, waste prevention and climate change initiatives, along with remediation of environmentally-degraded landfill sites.
- New €500m Climate Action Fund to encourage commercial investment in innovative climate change projects in the area of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, district heating, electric vehicle charging networks and enhanced environmental protection.
Budget 2019 provides a 22% increase in Capital funding and a 11% increase in net Current funding, resulting in a total allocation of €647m for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. This will allow a significant programme of investment next year, reflecting the scale of the Government’s ambition and policy commitments across key areas of national strategic importance, including climate action, energy, communications, broadcasting, environment and natural resources.
Announcing his Department’s increased funding allocation of €66 million the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D. said: “As a Department we remain focused on driving economic growth and innovation, while ensuring that Ireland is firmly on the road to a low carbon sustainable future. Energy efficiency, climate change and our environment are all inter-related. We are transforming how we think about, generate and use energy and how to protect our environment to support sustainable development, growth and jobs.Funding of €112 million to improve energy efficiency in our homes, businesses and across the public sector, significantly lowering carbon emissions from the built environment and reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels is a substantial investment. €6 million will promote the greater use of renewable heating systems by commercial and industrial users through the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat.”