Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has published its Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024. The Plan, approved by the Elected Members of the Council, is recognised as a key enabler of on-going public sector leadership, in implementing and influencing climate action at a local level.
The Plan is now being formally submitted to the TD Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment by Dublin’s in response to the requirements of the National Adaptation Framework and Action 181 of the Minister’s National Climate Action Plan.
The Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) identifies the main climate risks facing Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and includes both the Councils’ and the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions across the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area. In response to this baseline, the Plan puts forward a range of actions that are ongoing or planned within the Council, under five key areas – Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management.
Councillor Shay Brennan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council speaking about the Plan, said, “I welcome the publication of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024, which marks a significant step forward in the Council’s efforts in combating the causes and impacts of climate change. In rolling out this Plan, the Council will continue to demonstrate local leadership, across a range of action areas, with the aim of supporting other sectors in carrying out their own climate change efforts, in particular citizens, businesses and community groups across the County. I look forward to the implementation of the Plan, in collaboration with my colleagues in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the other Dublin local authorities.”
Philomena Poole, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said, “The Council’s Climate Change Action Plan marks a key milestone in an on-going partnership between Council staff, elected members, Codema, the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office, and a range of other stakeholders. This is the moment when we must take action and show our ambition through real action to preserve the world as we know it for the generations that will come after us – our own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This Council is committed to continued climate action, across the key areas of adaptation, mitigation and public engagement, undertaking of a range of initiatives that will enable the county to contribute to reaching national and European energy targets to 2030, 2050 and beyond.”
The CCAP is aligned to the Government’s Climate Action Plan 2019 To Tackle Climate Breakdown. The Government’s Climate Action Plan 2019, comprising over 180 actions, represents a shared outlook and an all of society approach, to how Ireland will achieve its 2030 climate and energy targets, and sets out a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The leadership role of local authorities across Ireland, in tackling the climate crisis, is recognised in the Climate Action Plan 2019, together with stimulating local level action across other sectors and by the general public.
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