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Public Consultations - Climate Action

Published: 8 January 2020
From: Department of the Taoiseach

The Climate Action Plan acknowledges that citizen engagement on climate action is crucial, and outlines how Irish citizens can be engaged in policy and decision-making processes, which then enhance the legitimacy and acceptance of climate policy decisions. Throughout the Climate Action Plan, a broad range of stakeholder and public engagement processes are identified. One part of this is public consultation processes.

Listed below are the current public consultation processes under the Climate Action Plan. Please get in touch and have your say.

Public consultation on Ag-Climatise

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine are running a public consultation on a draft National Climate and Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and beyond – Ag-Climatise.

The Roadmap proposes ambitious and challenging actions which will require not only concerted effort, but a step-up right across the sector from primary producer through to the processor.

This consultation is open until 10 January 2020.

Public consultation on renters and landlords - split incentive

The built environment accounts for nearly 13% of Ireland’s emissions. New and recently built homes and offices are highly energy efficient. Older buildings, built before 2006, are less energy efficient and waste energy giving rise to harmful emissions that could be significantly reduced if the energy efficiency of these buildings was improved.

A split incentive occurs in rented accommodation where the benefits of energy efficiency upgrades (warmer home, cheaper energy bills) do not primarily accrue to the person who usually pays for the works (the landlord). The tenants reap most of the benefits – but do not own the asset and therefore have little incentive to invest.

As a result, tenants’ heating bills can often be higher than they could be. More energy is used, resulting in higher emissions. This is a problem encountered internationally.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are running a consultation on a number of options which will address this problem.

This consultation will remain open until 17 January 2020.

Public consultation on the Planning and Development Act 2000

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government currently have an open public consultation on proposed reforms to the Judicial Review provisions in the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), as outlined in the new General Scheme of the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019.

This consultation will run until the 27 January 2020.

Public consultation on sustainable mobility

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is conducting a review of Ireland’s sustainable mobility policy, the first review in over 10 years. Sustainable mobility plays a key role in addressing the challenges Ireland faces in tackling climate change.

This consultation is open until 24 January 2020.

Public consultation on draft building regulation requirements for electric vehicle recharging infrastructure

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is running a public consultation on proposed requirements for infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles in new buildings, and those undergoing major renovation, from 10 March 2020, and for certain existing non-residential buildings by 1 January 2025. The consultation includes:

  • Proposal for all new dwelling houses with a car parking space within the property boundary to be future proofed for electric vehicle recharging points.
  • Proposed requirements for new and existing buildings undergoing major renovation to install ducting infrastructure for electric vehicle recharging points.
  • Proposed requirements for certain existing non-residential buildings to have at least one recharging point installed by 2025.

This consultation is open until 5 February 2020.

Public consultation on draft Wind Energy Development Guidelines

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment launched a public consultation on proposed revisions to the Wind Energy Development Guidelines. The guidelines relate to onshore wind developments and set the national policy context for the incorporation of wind energy considerations in local authority development plans and for the determination of planning applications and appeals by planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála in respect of wind energy developments.

This consultation is open until 19 February 2020.

Public consultation on Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment seeking views on the development of a new Waste Action Plan for Ireland as part of the move to a more circular economy where resources are kept in use for as long as possible and then recycled or reused at the end of their service life.

This consultation will enable Ireland to develop a new waste policy / circular economy plan to meet the emerging challenges and build on the targets set out in the Climate Action Plan. The completed policy will also match the level of ambition in the waste and climate areas being shown across the EU.

This consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 21 February 2020.

Public consultation on the Transposition of the Circular Economy Waste Package

EU Member States, including Ireland, are required to transpose four directives 'the Circular Economy Waste Package' into national law by 5 July 2020.

Along with these four directives, the Single Use Plastic Directive is also going to be transposed into national law by 5 July 2021. This directive contains enhanced provisions to those contained in the Circular Economy Waste Package. Given the links between the directives, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment is seeking views on both transpositions through this public consultation .

This consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 21 February 2020.


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