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Ministers Bruton & Canney Introduce Climate Action Charter for All Local Authorities

Ministers Bruton & Canney Introduce Climate Action Charter for All Local Authorities

Ministers Bruton and Canney will today sign a Charter with representatives from all local authorities

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, T.D., and the Minister of State Sean Canney T.D. will today (29 October 2019) sign a Charter with all 34 Local Authorities, committing local government to driving forward meaningful climate action in their communities, through the actions set out in the Climate Action Plan.

 

Minister Bruton said,

“The public sector leading by example is a central pillar of the Climate Action Plan. I am determined that government, both at central and local level, will lead the way in our response to the climate challenge.”

The Climate Action Plan, published earlier this year, is the government’s plan to ensure we meet our 2030 climate commitments, putting us on a trajectory to be net-zero emissions by 2050. The Charter being signed today is a key action in the Plan and will ensure every local authority embeds decarbonisation, sustainable development and climate resilience into every aspect of the work they do.

Minister Bruton said,

“Local Authorities are uniquely placed to drive forward effective climate action at both the regional and local level. Given their pivotal role across the key sectors of planning, housing, transport and waste and their close relationship with the community, they have a crucial role in implementing the step change that is needed and influencing many more to address this challenge.”

Minister of State Canney said:

“The key to achieving our Climate Action targets is to bring everyone with us. Local authorities are a focal point for our communities, villages, towns and cities and their support for this charter reflects the whole of society approach we need to take to transform our economy from brown to green.”

The Charter commits Local Authorities to several actions that will ensure that they play a key leadership role locally and nationally in delivering effective climate action.  Among other commitments, all local authorities will:

  • Put in place a process for carbon proofing major decisions, programmes and projects on a systematic basis, including investments in transport and energy infrastructure
  • Deliver a 50% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030
  • Ensure all suppliers provide information on their carbon footprint and steps they plan to reduce its impact
  • Build local citizen engagement, particularly with young people
  • Partner & collaborate on climate action initiatives with local community groups, local enterprise and local schools and higher level institutions
  • Monitor, evaluate and report annually on the implementation of activities under the Charter

Minister Bruton said:

“Last year’s emissions figures show that we do not have time to waste. We must drive forward the actions in the Climate Action Plan. Only through consistent, sustained action, can we deliver the step change that is needed.”

 

Minister of State Canney said,

“The local authorities through their various roles, including spacial planning, forward planning and engagement with communities through the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) and the Public Participation Networks (PPNs) are ideally placed to help deliver effective Climate Action in our communities.”

Welcoming the adoption of the Charter, Michael Walsh, Chair of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, said:

“Local authorities have huge ambitions for what we can achieve in the area of climate action. We are already making significant progress; councils around the country are cutting the carbon footprint of our internal operations, making our housing stock more energy efficient, prioritising climate considerations in development planning and actively engaging our communities on climate issues. With support from central government we can do even more and provide the on-the-ground leadership needed to make Ireland a global leader in climate action. The Local Authority Climate Action Charter is the blueprint for future progress in creating an Ireland that is sustainable for future generations, and councils around the country are ready to take the lead in this vital work.”