A non-statutory Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Electricity and Gas Networks Sector was published in early 2018 in the context of the December 2012 National Climate Change Adaptation Framework (NCCAF). The high level Plan outlined initial research and analysis on the likely effects of Climate Change on the Irish Electricity and Gas Networks sectors and possible actions to develop resilience to climate change within the Electricity and Gas Networks Sector.
The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015 placed the development of National Climate Change Adaptation Frameworks and Sectoral Adaptation Plans on a statutory basis. As required under the Act, the first statutory National Climate Change Adaptation Framework was approved by Government in December 2017 and will be reviewed at least every 5 years after that.
Ireland's first statutory National Adaptation Framework (NAF) was published in January 2018. The NAF sets out the national strategy to reduce the vulnerability of the country to the negative effects of climate change and to avail of any positive impacts.
A working group, led by DCCAE and involving key electricity and gas network stakeholders was established to scope out and develop this Plan using the Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation.
The first draft statutory Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the Electricity and Gas Networks Sector, under the new provisions set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework is now being published for the purpose of public consultation. These representations will be considered before the final version of the plan is published and comes into operation.
To make a submission as part of this consultation, please complete our online Consultation Form. The deadline for submissions on this draft plan was Thursday 25 April 2019.
Responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and Access to Information on the Environment Regulations 2007-2014. Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission, however parties should also note that any or all responses to the consultation are subject in their entirety to the provisions of the FOI Acts and are likely to be published on the website of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
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