Background – Ireland's changing climate
Observations show that Ireland's climate is changing in terms of sea level rise, increases in average temperature, changes in precipitation patterns and weather extremes. The observed scale and rate of change is consistent with regional and global trends and these changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades. Regardless of how successful efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions prove to be, the impact of climate change will continue over the coming decades because of the delayed impacts of past and current emissions. There is no choice, therefore, but to take adaptation measures to prepare for the unavoidable consequences of climate change and associated economic, environmental and social costs.
Purpose of the consultation
Development of Ireland's first statutory National Adaptation Framework (NAF) represents a hugely important step in enabling our transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. The National Adaptation Framework will specify the national strategy for the application of adaptation measures in different sectors and by local authorities in order to reduce the vulnerability of the State to the negative effects of climate change and to avail of any positive effects that may occur. The NAF and its successors will therefore set out the context to ensure local authorities, regions and key sectors can set about assessing the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change, agreeing climate resilience actions and ensuring climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all local, regional and national policy making in a coordinated way.
The NAF will not identify specific locations or propose adaptation measures or projects in relation to sectors. Detailed adaptation measures will instead be developed across sectors and local government, in accordance with the NAF. The process of developing sectoral adaptation plans will be formally initiated following approval of the NAF by Government.
Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment must submit a National Adaptation Framework to Government no later than 10 December 2017.
Please be aware that all submissions received by the Department may be published on its website. In addition, please note that the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts and therefore has to consider any request made to it in that context.
This consultation closed on 27 October 2017. 27 Submissions were received. In addition a statutory submission was also received from the Climate Change Advisory Council.