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Response to SONI Transmission Development Plan (2020-29)

The Transmission Development Plan NI sets out how SONI will ensure the continued security of the electricity grid by proposing a number of projects to improve its strength and resilience, as well as support long-term decarbonisatoin goals and objectives.

Response to DAERA Discussion on the Future Recycling and Separate Collection of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) asked for views on the future recycling and separation of waste of a household nature in Northern Ireland. The Department outlined the current position of recycling in Northern Ireland, and the current and new regulatory, climate change and market drivers that will influence policy in the future.

Sustainable Northern Ireland provided views on a range of proposals, to help shape the landscape of waste management in Northern Ireland. 

Response to EU Peace Funding Consultation

A public consultation on a new round of EU peace funding for Northern Ireland has taken place. The EU has committed to fund projects up to 2027, despite Brexit. The Peace Plus programme will have a total value of about €600m (£511m), with about €120m (£102m) of that from the EU. The additional funds will come from the British and Irish governments.

Response to Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland - Public Discussion Document

Sustainable NI welcomes the Discussion Document published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) seeking views on the potential scope, scale and ambition of Northern Ireland’s first environment strategy.

The Strategy will provide an opportunity to address environmental harm in a holistic way and we agree with the broad environmental areas identified in the disucssion paper. However, we note the discussion document is somewhat lacking in ambition and does not order issues in terms of relative importance and timescale.

Response to Consultation on Maximum Resale Price as it applies to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs)

Sustainable NI welcomes the Utlility Regulator consultation paper on the Maximum Resale Price (MRP) for electricity and its application to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs).

Sustainable NI Response to Review of the NISEP & Energy Efficiency Provision' Discussion Paper

The NISEP (formerly the Energy Efficiency Levy) has provided funding for vital energy efficiency schemes since 1997. The NISEP is funded by electricity customers through a public service obligation. Approximately £9million is collected annually delivering £7.5million of grants to low income households. 

The Utility Regulator published a Discussion Paper on the Review of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) and Energy Efficiency Programme. The paper provides a wealth of background information followed by a series of consultation questions.

DUP Consultation Paper - Our Green and Pleasant Land: a response by Sustainable NI

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is preparing a new policy paper on the theme of the environment.  The scope of the paper will be comprehensive with the aim of a full policy statement relevant to the national Parliament, a restored Assembly and local Councils. 

Consultation response to the UK Government (Defra via Daera) consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system

SNI welcomes this consultation on reform of the Packaging Producer Responsibility Scheme, given SNIs role as sustainability support to local councils and other public sector bodies. SNI are keen to embed the Sustainable Development Goals within all of their work with councils and therefore this new system would contribute particularly towards both Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG11) and Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12).

Consultation response to the Defra, Daera and Welsh Government consultation on introducing a Deposit Return Scheme in England Wales and Northern Ireland

SNI welcomes this consultation on Deposit Return, given our member councils’ commitment to recycling, their role as the principal domestic waste and recycling provider, and the sizable impact that any deposit return system will have on councils and their waste management services.

DAERA Consultation on Northern Ireland Future Agricultural Policy Framework

To develop a truly sustainable food and farming system, where farmers work with nature to produce high quality nutritious food, we need to move out of our current siloed approach and recognise numerous inter-related problems that need to be addressed. These include volatility in farm gate prices, public health crises, poor diets, food poverty, food waste and environmental degradation.