Government urged to upgrade social housing to help phase out use of smoky fuels

The government is urged to upgrade social housing to help phase out the use of smoky fuels.

It comes after Environment Minister Eamon Ryan said peat briquettes could be included in the government’s proposed ban on smoke-producing fuels if they are found to exceed the excessive pollution threshold.

The proposed ban is expected to come into effect in September.

Speaking to Newstalk, Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuiv said the ban would not include Bord na Móna peat briquettes as they meet environmental standards.

Mr. Ó Cuiv said he believed the use of smoked coals would decline sharply over the next decade with more investment from the state.

“When I look around in my constituency, a very large number of houses that use solid fuel burners are owned by local authorities,” Mr Ó Cuiv said.

“So tenants have no control over the type of fuel they burn and the only way to change that is for the state to invest in upgrading the heating systems in these homes to sustainable fuel types. .”

The proposed ban has been the subject of much criticism, particularly from government backbench TDs.

In April, the government survived a Dáil vote to reverse the carbon tax increase and drop plans to restrict the sale of smoky fuels later this year.

The government successfully rejected the motion by 72 votes to 63.