Emer Higgins T.D., has welcomed the allocation of €2.4 million by the Department of Housing to South Dublin County Council under the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme for social housing. This funding came as part of an overall investment of €45m in local authority homes across the country.
Speaking on the announcement, Deputy Emer Higgins said: “I am very pleased to see the allocation of €2.4m to South Dublin County Council for the purpose of retrofitting and creating more environmentally friendly and cost-effective social housing. “Around 40% of Ireland’s energy-related carbon emissions come from buildings alone, which is a pretty shocking statistic.
“The 2020 programme for Government committed to the ambitious target of reducing our carbon emissions by over 50% in the next ten years and this retrofitting programme will go a long way to helping us meet that target and to retrofit 91 social homes across the South Dublin County Council area. “Retrofitting homes is also a hugely labour-intensive sector and I welcome the employment that this programme will generate in our local communities once building work can resume safely. “Ultimately the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme will allow us to create social housing that is easier to heat, more comfortable, and has better air quality. This will have economic and health benefits for all those who will live in them,” concluded Deputy Emer Higgins.