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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.

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.

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.

Changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme: a response from Sustainable NI

In November 2017, the Department of Communities published a consultation on proposed changes to the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

The review of the Affordable Warmth Scheme examined five key themes: Effectiveness and efficiency of processes; Appropriateness of delivery arrangements; Accuracy of the targeting model; Scheme performance in 2015/16; Scheme qualifying criteria. 

It featured four propsals;

NI Budget Briefing 2018: a response from Sustainable NI

In December 2017, the Department of Finance published a briefing paper on the broad choices available to inform government decisions on a Budget for Northern Ireland for 2018-2020. The paper included a number of revenue raising ideas but also proposes a range of potential funding cuts. It featured three scenarios, all of which included cuts to environmental programmes. 

Sustainable NI has urged the governmnet to rethink its proposals, stating that:

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