Climate action is a central objective for Government, putting Ireland on a sustainable pathway to achieving our longer term vision for decarbonisation. The goal is to establish Ireland as a leader in this area. This will improve the quality of life for citizens and ultimately leave the world in a better condition for our children.
Climate disruption is already having diverse and wide ranging impacts on Ireland’s environment, society, economic and natural resources. The Climate Action Plan sets out an ambitious course of action over the coming years to address this issue.
The Plan clearly identifies the nature and scale of the challenge. It outlines the current state of play across key sectors including Electricity, Transport, Built Environment, Industry and Agriculture and charts a course towards ambitious decarbonisation targets. Reflecting the central priority climate change will have in our political and administrative systems into the future, the Plan sets out governance arrangements including carbon-proofing our policies, establishment of carbon budgets, a strengthened Climate Change Advisory Council and greater accountability to the Oireachtas.
This Plan clearly recognises that Ireland must significantly step up its commitments to tackle climate disruption. The leadership role both the Government and public bodies can play in taking early action on climate is fundamental to achieving our decarbonisation goals.
Taking decisive action to confront climate disruption will be a major challenge to every dimension of our society, but the benefits are huge – warmer homes, cleaner air, a sustainable use of the world’s scarce resources, more connected communities, authentic values, and quality jobs in enterprises which can compete in a decarbonised world.
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The Climate Action Plan 2019 To Tackle Climate Breakdown, published in June 2019 is the government’s plan to secure a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier Ireland for future generations. The Plan sets out actions across every sector which will ensure we meet our 2030 climate commitments, putting us on a pathway to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
The Climate Action Plan commits us to new governance structures to deliver necessary progress and hold responsible actors to account for outlined actions. The publication of the first progress report demonstrates robust delivery in this regard. A completion rate of 85% has been achieved, incorporating 149 measures across sectors. The Climate Action Delivery Board will continue to monitor progress and identify challenges to delivering the remaining actions not achieved.
More information on further government activity in this area can be found here .
This is everyone’s journey. From Government to businesses, communities to householders, climate action is collective action. The Climate Action Plan sets out the Government agenda; see what you can do to play your part.