The Green Party’s Rachel Woods MLA has called for the NI Executive to take action in response to rising energy costs.
Speaking after an Assembly debate on the topic, the North Down MLA said:
“For over ten years, the Green Party has been calling for a Green New Deal for Northern Ireland which would involve a radical overhaul of our energy system and a mass retrofitting scheme to improve the energy efficiency of our homes.
“Our people need action from government. The Executive can, and must, do more to introduce measures that will ease the pressure on those with very limited incomes to stop people suffering more this winter. In the long term though the Executive must deliver on their commitments such as the long awaited Energy Strategy, the Fuel Poverty Strategy, the investment that is required in home heating transition, from oil and gas boilers to electric, ground source and air source heat pumps as well as insulating and retrofitting our homes. Not doing so will ensure that people are heating their streets, rather than their families.
“The five-party Executive must provide financial assistance to those hardest hit by the energy crisis in the short term. Intervention is an option.
This is the very least that they can do in response to a situation that they have helped create through poor planning and complete disregard for the urgency of the changes that we need to see across our society and economy in order to tackle the climate emergency.”