A lo­cal cli­mate ac­tion ini­tia­tive in the county has led to 150 homes be­ing retro­fit­ted

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW - Kevin O’Sul­li­van

En­vi­ron­ment & Sci­ence Ed­i­tor

Trav­el­ling along the M7 mo­tor­way on a grey Tues­day, a fe­ro­cious gust of a wind blows open a lug­gage com­part­ment door on the bus as it makes its way to Co Tip­per­ary in driv­ing rain. A tem­po­rary lull is fol­lowed by a shower with se­vere vol­umes of wa­ter. It’s a small re­minder of how ex­treme weather as­so­ci­ated with cli­mate change is more reg­u­larly en­croach­ing on Ire­land.

The pos­si­bil­ity is re­marked upon among the un­usual mix of pas­sen­gers: TDs and sen­a­tors – mem­bers of the Cli­mate Ac­tion Com­mit­tee – who are ven­tur­ing be­yond Le­in­ster House to view ev­i­dence of cli­mate ac­tion in parts of Ire­land.

They visit a house that has un­der­gone a deep retro­fit (now al­most “car­bon free” in emis­sions terms); a school pow­ered by so­lar pan­els and heat pumps; a mu­nic­i­pal pool heated by biomass; and “zero en­ergy” build­ings.

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