Ireland offers €500m to fight climate change

Finance will be provided for large-scale projects that are scheduled to start development in 2019 or 2020

The Big Zero report

The Irish Government is offering €500 million (£443m) for projects that aim to tackle climate change.

Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has launched the first ‘call for applications’ under the new Climate Action Fund.

Finance will be provided for large-scale projects, seeking more than €1 million (£0.88m), that are scheduled to start development in 2019 or 2020 and contribute to meeting Ireland’s energy and climate targets.

They could include energy efficiency, renewable energy, district heating, local infrastructure projects such as electric vehicle charging points and those that enhance the standards of environmental protection.

Mr Naughten said: “Effective change is about putting levers for climate action into people’s hands and the Climate Action Fund provides an unprecedented opportunity for communities, organisations and individuals. It is a blank canvas.

“The Fund is about supporting projects that will decrease Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase our use of sustainable energy.”

The deadline for applications is 1st October 2018.

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