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National Dialogue on Climate Action

It is essential that we put in place a system of community engagement to build public support for the action plans that we need to put in place over the coming years and decades.Given the long term nature of climate action, much still needs to be settled in terms of long-term policy direction and, in this context, a national dialogue is timely and will be a useful tool to engage people with the challenge of climate change; motivate changes in behaviour; and create structures at local, regional and national levels to support the generation of ideas and their translation into appropriate cost-effective actions.

The Programme for a Partnership Government commits to establishing a National Dialogue on Climate Action (NDCA). This will also subsume the role envisaged for the National Energy Forum, which is a key action of the Energy White Paper. Given the long term nature of climate action, much still needs to be settled in terms of long-term policy direction and, in this context, a national dialogue is timely and will be a useful tool to engage people with the challenge of climate change; motivate changes in behaviour; and create structures at local, regional and national levels to support the generation of ideas and their translation into appropriate cost-effective actions. The objectives of the National Dialogue on Climate Action are to:

  • Create awareness, engagement and motivation to act (locally, regionally and nationally) in relation to the challenges presented by climate change;
  • Create structures and information flows to facilitate people gathering to discuss, deliberate and maximise consensus on appropriate responses to these challenges, and to enable and empower appropriate action;
  • Establish, on a long term basis, appropriate networks for people to meet periodically to consider evidence-based inputs on the economic, social, behavioural, environmental and public aspects of climate and energy policy;
  • Provide regular input, through the NDCA, into the prioritisation and implementation of climate and energy policy which can be reported and monitored at local/regional/national levels. 

 The NDCA will run initially for a period of two years with administrative support to be provided from a secretariat within EPA. In the interim and while the NDCA secretariat is being established further details in relation to the NDCA will be posted on this website. ​​