Dáil Éireann - Volume 608 - 25 October, 2005

Written Answers. - Environment Fund.

  663. Mr. Cuffe asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will give details of the amounts raised in each year from the environment fund; the detailed breakdown of the projects financed by the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30591/05]

  Mr. Roche:The environment fund is used to support a wide range of waste management, litter and other environmental initiatives as provided for in section 74(9) of the Waste Management Act 1996, as inserted by section 12 of the Waste Management (Amendment) Act 2001 and the Waste Management (Environment Fund) (Prescribed Payments) Regulations 2003. Total receipts on a cash basis in each year into the environment fund since its establishment are set out in the following table:

€m

2002

19.940

2003

41.917

2004

39.092

2005 to date

35.145

Total

136.094

To date a total of €87.058 million has been spent from the environment fund on a wide range of activities, detailed as follows:

[1077]

€m

Waste Management Infrastructure and the subvention of Local Authority Recycling Operational Costs

42.356

Management Infrastructure and the subvention of Local Authority Recycling Operational Costs; Bottom of Form Environment Awareness, including the Race Against Waste campaign, and various litter initiatives

10.677

Enhanced waste management enforcement initiatives currently being taken by local authorities and the Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE)

11.936

National Waste Prevention and Market Development Programmes

0.283

North-South matters including the Scheme for the Management of Waste Fridges and Freezers

0.754

Research & Development in the Environmental Protection Agency

9.250

Contributions to International Environment FundsContributions to International Environment Funds. Contributions to International Environment Funds. Bottom of Form

6.982

Activities relating to Air Quality and Climate Change

0.548

Environmental levy operational costs

2.643

Miscellaneous — Printing, Publishing Etc.

0.312

Producer Responsibility Initiatives

0.533

Activities relating to Sustainable Development

0.413

Activities relating to Water Quality

0.371

Total

87.058

Further commitments totalling some €53 million will arise under the above activities.