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 (Friday 5th July) travel to Thurles, Co Tipperary to host the second in 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. Tipperary has seen first-hand the impact climate disruption is having. Extreme weather events such as Storm Ophelia which, very tragically resulted in the loss of a life of man in Cahir are devastating communities. The towns of Clonmel, Carrick on Suir and Nenagh regularly suffer from flooding which has a catastrophic effect on homes, schools and business.
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. 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 Tipperary 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 today to host the second 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, Tipperary will be a better place to live, work and raise a family. Success will be driven from a local level. Tipperary already has a strong network to build from with - 12 sustainable energy community groups already established along with the Tipperary Energy Agency who is great example of how local communities can achieve sustainability on a local level. Last year over 140 homes availed of the warmer homes scheme amounting to almost €1m investment in homes in Tipperary 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 Tipperary 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 morning'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"
Notes to Editors
Town Hall will be held in the The Dome, Castle Meadows, Thurles Co Tipperary E41 V656
Registration for Town Hall will open at 08:30am
Panel Discussion will begin at 09:00am
Meeting will close at 10:30am