The government is to make up to €10m available for the development of climate-change solutions in a new round of funding to be announced by environment minister Richard Bruton. The money will come from the government’s €500m climate action fund (CAF), and could bring in up to €30m more from the private sector for projects to be developed in 2020. Bruton will invite expressions of interest this week. Last month Bruton awarded €77m to seven projects, which produced a total investment of about €300m. This included up to €20m for Dublin city council’s planned district heating system, which will use heat generated at industrial facilities such as the Poolbeg incinerator and pipe it into homes and businesses in surrounding areas. Also included was €10m for ESB eCars to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging network capable of facilitating a nationwide increase in EV use over the next decade.
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