Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment must submit a National Mitigation Plan to Government for approval no later than 10 June 2017.
Development of Ireland's first statutory National Mitigation Plan represents a hugely important first step in enabling transition to a low carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. The preparation of the plan is designed to be a whole-of-Government approach to tackling greenhouse gas emissions, particularly, in the key sectors - Electricity Generation, the Built Environment, Transport and Agriculture. The plan will be a living document, with work continuing on an on-going basis with updates published to this website.
This public consultation, which closed on Wednesday 26 April 2017 will help inform the draft National Mitigation Plans further development before a final plan is submitted to Government in June 2017. The draft plan highlights several key questions for stakeholders to consider in terms of how best Ireland should position itself in taking this first step in achieving the national transition objective by 2050.
Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment
Environmental analysis has been undertaken as part of the development of the draft Plan. The Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and Appropriate Assessment Natura Impact Statement are critical inputs to the development of the draft plan. Both documents ensure that environmental concerns are integrated into the decision-making and implementation process at both sectoral and national level.
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