National Climate Policy and Legislation (Ireland)

Ireland’s National Policy Position, together with the final Heads of the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill, are published yesterday (23rd April 2014); part of the Irish Government Programme for the development of national climate policy and legislation announced in January 2012.

“The evolution of climate policy in Ireland will be an iterative process, based on the adoption by Government of a series of national plans over the period to 2050. Greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation to the impacts of climate change will be addressed in parallel national plans – respectively through National Low-Carbon Roadmaps and National Climate Change Adaptation Frameworks.”

“The low-carbon roadmapping process will be guided by a long-term vision of low-carbon transition based on –
– an aggregate reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of at least 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 across the electricity generation, built environment and transport sectors; and
– in parallel, an approach to carbon neutrality in the agriculture and land-use sector, including forestry, which does not compromise capacity for sustainable food production.”

The General Scheme of Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill 2014 is here.

The National Policy Position is here.

Consultation on the sectoral low-carbon road map for the Built Environment also begins 23rd April 2014 – here.

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