On February 16 the government launched the 2040 national planning framework. This plan identifies a large capital investment in climate adaptation and mitigation. As part of this plan, the government recognised the partnership of Tipperary County Council, Limerick Institute of Technology and Tipperary Energy Agency as crucial to supporting Tipperary on its low carbon journey. In addition, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD identified heat pumps and solar photovoltaic as two of the largest investments required to move Ireland away from its current highly carbon intensive economy.
Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency’s CEO said “Our Superhomes.ie deep retrofit program was also identified as part of the planning framework, as an exemplar initiative. This deep retrofit program has already completed 75 homes and plans to support at least another 75 homes this year.”
Seamus Hoyne, chair of the board of Tipperary Energy Agency and Development Manager in LIT said “The Sustainable Tipp initiative as a partnership with Tipperary County Council, Limerick IT and the local development companies is developing into a hub of low carbon development. With support from the government, via SEAI’s programs and the European Investment Bank, we’re aiming to kick start the energy transition here first.”
Sustainable Tipp will be launched in 2018