Article 15 of the EU Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action requires each Member State to prepare and submit to the Commission a long-term strategy for greenhouse gas emissions reduction with a perspective of at least 30 years.
Ireland has already established a detailed decarbonisation pathway to 2030 in its Climate Action Plan 2019. This will be reflected in Ireland's final national energy and climate plan (NECP). Moreover, as part of the NECP consultation process, the Department sought views on decarbonising beyond 2030. The Department sought further views in relation to decarbonisation pathways beyond 2030, including transition options across all key sectors of the economy (energy, buildings, transport, enterprise, waste, agriculture and land-use), on the role of innovative technologies and on socio-economic factors.
This public consultation included 26 specific questions, seeking responses and ideas to inform Ireland's long-term strategy to 2050. The deadline for submissions to this consultation was 5pm, 31 December 2019. This consultation is now closed.