CLM’s Submission to the Public Consultation on the revised Energy Poverty Action Plan.


In our submission to Ireland’s Public Consultation on the revised Energy Poverty Action Plan, CLM emphasises seven crucial recommendations for an effective Energy Poverty Action Plan. Firstly, advocating for a rights-based approach entails continuous consultation and collaboration with relevant stakeholders to ensure Ireland’s energy poverty policy is poverty and equality-proofed.

Secondly, placing the Energy Poverty Action Plan on a statutory footing is essential to clarify responsibilities and roles across governmental departments, local authorities, and other agencies, ensuring enforceability and preventing efforts from being merely aspirational.

Introduction

Access to adequate levels of energy is a precondition to the realisation of many rights, impacting our lives, health and living standards. It is essential to social inclusion and is increasingly connected to employment opportunities in Ireland, with many workplaces opting for a remote or hybrid approach, reducing the need for employees to relocate from rural to urban areas.


We welcome the publication, in 2022, of the Energy Poverty Action Plan and the current public consultation on a revised Plan. However, the Plan contains no enforceable, measurable, or time-bound targets against which progress can be measured. This lack of legal safeguards undermines accountability and long-term political commitment towards the eradication of energy poverty.


Below we set out some key recommendations which we believe must be actioned to deliver an effective Energy Poverty Action Plan.