The Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) was established by Ministerial Order on 18 January 2016 under section 8 of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. The Council, which is independent in the performance of its functions, provides advice and recommendations to, inter alia, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the preparation of NMPs and NAFs; the submission by a relevant Minister of sectoral mitigation measures; the making by a relevant Minister of a sectoral adaptation plan; and the approval by the Government of an NMP and NAF. In addition, the Council has a number of reporting obligations, including with regard to ‘Annual’ and ‘Periodic Reviews’ of progress towards meeting the national transition objective; it also established an Adaptation Committee in 2016 to focus specifically on adaptation related matters.
Because of the time lag before the publication of the statutory reports, the CCAC decided to publish an initial paper, called the “Climate Change Advisory Council First Report” on 3 November 2016. In its ‘First Report’, the Council outlined its views on the challenges that climate change presents for Ireland with the aim of assisting in the development of the NMP and the NAF. Further information on the CCAC is available on their homepage.