Ireland’s Department of Transport has announced the launch of the EU Just Transition Fund (EUJTF) Community Facilities EV Charging Scheme.
The scheme will invest €15 million from the EU Just Transition Fund to support public fast charge point infrastructure at community facilities.
This scheme aims to provide EV charging at popular public facilities, including community centres, public libraries, public health centres, recreational facilities, and enterprise centres.
The EU Just Transition Fund Programme (EUJTF) 2021-2027 is an EU-wide programme.
The goal is to fund innovative projects that contribute to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of regions most affected by the transition off fossil fuels.
The new scheme follows the launch of the Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme earlier this year.
This will be followed by further destination schemes for commercial and public sector locations, as well as by a neighbourhood charging scheme which will support local authorities to provide charging for areas where home charging is not possible.
With this new investment, the EU Just Transition Fund (EUJTF) Community Facilities EV Charging Scheme will benefit the counties Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon and municipal districts (MDs) of Ballinasloe (Co Galway), Athy, Clane-Maynooth, (Co Kildare) and Carrick-on-Suir and Thurles (Co Tipperary). The deadline for receipt of applications is 28th September 2023.
Charging infrastructure in Ireland is taking top priority in rolling out electric vehicles across the European state. In January this year, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, launched the new Electric Vehicles Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022 – 2025, which will invest 100 million euros on public charging infrastructure construction over the next three years.