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