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Minister Bruton hosts Climate Action Town Hall in Raheny, Dublin 5

Minister Bruton hosts Climate Action Town Hall in Raheny, Dublin 5

 

Plan will deliver warmer homes, better-connected communities, smart farming and a more sustainable economy

 

Minister Richard Bruton TD wants to hear from local communities

 

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD will (Thursday 18th July) host his fourth Climate Action Town Hall in Grange Woodbine Community Club, Raheny, Dublin 5. This is part of a series of town hall meetings on his Climate Action Plan.

 

The recently published Climate Action Plan sets out over 180 actions, at a time when the warning signs are growing, the time for action is rapidly closing in. Dublin has seen first-hand the impact climate disruption is having. Extreme weather events such as the recent storms and heavy snow fall seen in Dublin brought the city to a standstill with schools and businesses forced to close. Other countries have witnessed even worse effects. Other countries have witnessed even worse effects.

 

Minister Bruton said,

"Every generation wants to leave the world in a better place than they found it for their children. We have a short window of opportunity to act. We must act now and leave a better, healthier, more sustainable Ireland for future generations. I have worked closely with all of my government colleagues to develop this whole of government Climate Action Plan. This Plan provides our way forward."

 

The plan identifies how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and puts us on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

 

Some of the actions that will be undertaken on a national level will directly improve the lives of people from Dublin include;

 

-          A new micro-generation scheme will allow homeowners to generate their own electricity and sell what they don't use back to the grid;

-          A transition towards electric vehicles, nearly 1 million targeted to be on our roads by 2030, bringing lower day to day running costs for people. A nationwide system of chargers to combat 'range anxiety'

-          A nationwide programme of home retrofitting, making people's homes warmer and more efficient with cheaper energy costs

-          An expanded network of cycling paths and 'park and ride' facilities

-          A move to 70% renewable electricity by 2030, currently only 30% of our electricity comes from renewable sources.

-          The elimination of non-recyclable plastic. We will also impose higher fees on the production of materials which are difficult to recycle & implement measures to ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds

-          New sustainable opportunities for family farms.

 

The Minister said,

"I am here in my local community of Raheny, today to host the fourth in a series of nationwide consultative meetings on the Plan, to explain the approach, hear views and take on ideas. A Climate Action Plan 2020 will be published next year which will also take into account all consultation that takes place.

 

"Under this Plan, Dublin will be a better place to live, work and raise a family. Success will be driven from a local level. Dublin already has a strong network to build from with 33 sustainable energy community groups already established. Last year over 830 homes availed of the warmer homes scheme amounting to almost €7m investment in homes in Dublin and many others availed of grants to deep retrofit their homes and businesses and upgrade to electric vehicles. All of these choices taken by the people of Dublin collectively amount to significant change to our environment. But people must ask can I do more."

 

Minister Richard Bruton finished by saying,

"I am looking forward to this evening's discussion. The transformation that is required will require every community in the country to make changes and take on the challenge."

 

For more information on the Climate Action Plan, please visit www.gov.ie/climateaction

 

To join the conversation: #ClimateActionPlan2019"

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

 

Town Hall will be held in Grange Woodbine Community Club, Raheny Road, Dublin 5 D05 E061.

 

Registration for Town Hall will open at 18:30

 

Panel Discussion will begin at 19:00

 

Meeting will close at 20:30

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