Minister confirms consultation on micro-renewable technologies

Irish government chiefs have confirmed that they are to begin a consultation on proposals to encourage the construction of micro-renewable technologies for industrial, commercial and public buildings, and agricultural structures.

Earlier this week, media reports suggested that Government plans included a scheme to remove planning restrictions on the building of micro-renewable technologies to try to encourage businesses to adopt these green projects.

Now, John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has publicly confirmed a three-month consultation process on the proposed exemptions.

“These proposals provide a perfect example of how economic well being and a strong commitment to our environment can compliment one another,” the Minister said.

“They make further inroads in removing any unnecessary regulatory barriers to the uptake of renewables in all sectors.”

The move comes after exemptions for the domestic sector proved successful following their introduction earlier this year.

Minister Gormley added: “We face significant challenges to reduce our emissions, maximise renewable energy uptake, and ensure security of energy supply.

“While these challenges are not simple tasks by any means, they also present great opportunities.

“So, for example, if we maximise the enormous potential of renewable energy sources we will be directly combating climate change.

“And if we ensure security and sustainability of energy supply we will be fostering and promoting sustainable employment in Ireland.”

James Cooper

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