Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
Climate Change Policy
922. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the recurring weekly meetings attended by either her or the Secretary General of her Department in 2019 at which climate change and or preparations within her Department to enact a climate plan has been an agenda item; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31340/19]
The Department continues to engage with the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment; the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI); the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and the Office of Public Works (OPW) to deliver the Government's energy efficiency and climate action plan.
The Management Board of my Department has recently approved the Department's Facility Management Strategy 2019-2022. This Strategy includes the key areas of the Department's environmental plans and is informed by the Government Plan on Climate Action and the responsibilities of the Department therein. The Secretary General has also established an innovation and engagement team, comprising management and staff representatives to examine and report on ways to further improve and develop a sustainable corporate culture.
The Management Board will be kept fully appraised of progress on the implementation of the Strategy and climate action plan goals.