Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Conference of the Parties, COP, 25: Discussion

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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The audit concluded that the arrangements in place in respect of the monitoring and oversight of the climate change target within the Department are unsatisfactory. The audit found that the Minister is not informed on a systematic basis of performance gaps and, as a result, the Minister was unable to advise the Government of the need for corrective action. There were no procedural arrangements for reporting progress on emissions targets within the Department and the audit found that this posed a risk that the decisions may not be informed by the most recent information. It also found that there was no regular arrangement for reporting progress on renewable energy targets to the management board. What has changed in the context of the monitoring of climate targets since that audit was carried out? We are feeding the information on monitoring targets through to an international forum so the targets, and how we audit them, are important in the context of COP25. Can the Department enlighten me on this before I move on to the specific topic?