Cabinet to consider energy plan limiting public office temperatures to 19 degrees – The Irish Times

The Cabinet will meet on Wednesday morning to consider a plan for the public sector to conserve energy.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is expected to bring a memo on how the public sector can save energy by setting temperature limits at 19 degrees in offices as well as avoiding the unnecessary heating of low occupancy spaces.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Mr Ryan said households and businesses would need to cut energy use between peak times of 5pm and 7pm.

“That’s the time when actually the last generator goes on. So if we can use some of our devices, in large industry or at home, those washing machines, dishwashers which can be done on a time basis, that actually is one of the best ways of getting through the winter without having to turn on to those last generators at the peak period,” he added.

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The Coalition leaders met on Tuesday night to discuss the energy crisis including how the public sector can lead by example on conservation measures and European Union proposals to hit the revenues of energy companies.

Discussion of specific measures to help households with spiralling energy costs will take place at a future meeting.

Pressure to help households with the cost of living could force the Government to deliver a package of once-off measures to accompany the budget topping €2 billion.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was preparing last night to bring the report of a judge’s inquiry into the Siteserv affair to the Cabinet in the expectation that it can be published very soon afterwards, according to an informed source.

However, it was not immediately clear whether there would be scope in a busy Cabinet agenda to discuss the document today and clear it for publication.

Mr Justice Brian Cregan submitted the document to Taoiseach Micheál Martin in late July. Attorney General Paul Gallagher had been considering the report since then and has cleared it for imminent publication.

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