Chapter 6: Utilities Infrastructure, Energy and Communication

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Chapter 6: Utilities Infrastructure, Energy and Communication

Strategic Objectives

  • To enable development in line with the capacity and provision of supporting infrastructure and utilities, and to require the timely provision of infrastructure needed for the sustainable development of lands consistent with the principle of infrastructure led development.
  • To promote and facilitate the provision of energy efficient, low carbon infrastructure and utilities and support infrastructure, whilst supporting industry to innovate, decarbonising the energy sector in order to contribute to a national target of no net emissions of greenhouse gases in Ireland by 2050

6.0 Introduction

An adequate supply of infrastructure services is critical for effective and sustainable spatial, social, environmental and economic development and growth. It can also serve as an agent of change in addressing challenges like climate change and gender inequality. Adapting to climate change requires more resilient infrastructure, and mitigating its effects calls for less environmentally damaging provision.

The need for transport, water and sanitation, waste disposal, electricity and communications infrastructure (ICT) continues to grow in order to accommodate our increasing population.

Furthermore, our ability to secure significant new large-scale capital investment for both new residential and commercial developments is partly dependent on the ready availability of serviced sites of scale, with appropriate zoning and capacity for the required utilities to match the needs of large capital intensive projects. Such infrastructure provision must be implemented in a manner that protects public health, is environmentally appropriate, and supports our just transition to a low- carbon economy.

The provision of enabling infrastructure also requires a stronger focus on energy efficiency and renewable fuel sources, particularly in the construction, heating and transport infrastructure sectors, in order to reduce energy related GHG emissions, and contribute to meeting Ireland’s binding EU 2030 and 2050 targets29.

It is recognised that exchequer funding and various national sectoral programs cannot address all infrastructure investment requirements. The Council will therefore positively consider methods and innovative means of infrastructure provision and investment which include private and community sector involvement, collaboration and/ or delivery.

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29 Ireland’s Climate Action Plan sets out an ambitious whole-of-society approach designed to enable Ireland to meet its EU targets of reducing carbon emissions by 30% between 2021 and 2030, and thereafter to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.





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