Section 14(1) of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 provides that an Annual Transition Statement must be presented annually to both Houses of the Oireachtas by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Each Annual Transition Statement includes an overview of climate change mitigation and adaptation policy measures adopted to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to adapt to the effects of climate change in order to enable the achievement of the national transition objective. The Annual Transition Statement also contains a summary of current and projected greenhouse gas emissions published by the Environmental Protection Agency, together with a report on compliance with obligations of the State under EU law or an international agreement referred to in section 2 of the 2015 Act.
In addition, the 2018 Annual Transition Statement is accompanied by the following publications:
- Update Report on Sectoral Adaptation Plans
- Update Report on National Mitigation Plan Measures
- Update Report on National Mitigation Plan Actions.
While an Annual Transition Statement is required to set out information on developments in respect of the year immediately preceding the year in which the statement is presented, each statement also references key policy developments and mitigation and adaptation activity in the year of its presentation.