The Government has announced the first batch of successful projects that will receive investment under the Climate Action Fund.

Seven climate change projects will have a share in €77 million, which will, the Government claims, allow them to reduce annual emissions by over 200,000t combined.

Among the chosen projects is ‘Green Renewable Agricultural Zero Emissions (GRAZE) Gas’, a renewable gas project from Gas Networks Ireland.

This project will be allocated up to €8.5 million of the funding, which will be put towards the installation of the first transmission-connected Central Grid Injection (CGI) renewable gas facility.

Gas Networks Ireland also plans to use the funding to provide a grant scheme for compressed natural gas vehicles.

The seven projects that have been selected are:

  • ESB eCars;
  • Gas Networks Ireland: GRAZE Gas;
  • Irish Rail: Hybrid Drive for Inter City Railcar Fleet;
  • Dublin City Council: Dublin District Heating System;
  • South Dublin County Council: Tallaght District Heating Scheme;
  • Local Authority Public Lighting Energy Efficiency Project;
  • Three Counties Energy Agency: Driving HGVs efficiently into Brexit.

The Climate Action Fund, which is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 initiative, will provide over €20 billion in funding for climate action initiatives over the next decade.

Speaking at the announcement of the successful projects, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said: “Project Ireland 2040 provides for an unprecedented investment of €22 billion in climate action over the next decade; the largest single package within the plan.

“The transition to a low-carbon world will require profound changes in how we live our lives, and will only be possible with the buy-in of communities and individuals,” he added.