The National Development Plan: a framework for future prosperity

With climate action and green recovery at its heart, the NDP is ambitious in scope and spend

‘The NDP sets out a commitment to explore Energy Service Contracts, a form of partnership with the private sector whereby an Energy Performance Company delivers an energy efficiency project in return for a share in the energy efficiency savings derived from the work. This model is proven in a number of countries globally and has been widely backed by the European Investment Bank’

While this week was all about the budget ahead for 2022, the previous week was dominated by the announcement of the National Development Plan, the government’s capital plan to spend €165 billion over the next ten years on capital projects and programmes across the country.

In an article I wrote for this newspaper last year, I argued that capital investment can be a critical enabler for recovery from the global pandemic and I’m happy to ...