The Irish Government has announced €25 million in funding for home and business energy efficiency projects.
The projects will avoid the emission of approximately 34,500 tonnes of carbon.
The funding will be allocated to 57 projects which will provide energy efficiency upgrades to 700 homes and 570 community and commercial buildings across Ireland’s 32 counties.
Upgrades will include the installation of energy-efficient lighting, heating, and insulation, along with combined heat and power units, refrigeration upgrades, and solar panels.
The projects are expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to taking 11,000 cars off the road.
Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said: “If we are to reach the targets set in the Climate Action Plan, we must reduce the harmful emissions that come from our buildings. We need to scale up our ambition in this area. Upgrading our homes and businesses with improved insulation and energy efficiency measures can greatly reduce our impact on our environment. Community partnerships are key to reaching our targets set out in the Climate Action Plan.
“Not only will these upgrades help us deliver on our climate commitments but they will result in a cleaner, healthier, warmer homes and businesses and cheaper energy bills.”