Written answers

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Environmental Schemes

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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325. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when his Department received the local decarbonisation action plan from Galway City Council; the reason it is not approved yet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [62606/21]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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In February 2021 my Department asked each local authority to identify a decarbonising zone and to provide a broad outline of the main projects that could be implemented in the decarbonising zone plus an indication of potential outcomes in terms of reductions in carbon emissions. These zones are to act as pilot projects for decarbonisation measures that will be applied more widely to achieve Ireland's climate objectives.

Galway City Council identified the Westside Zone as its decarbonisation zone and identified potential measures for decarbonisation in this area.

Local Authorities will be tasked with developing an implementation plan for decarbonising measures in their identified decarbonising zones and these will be included in the Local Authority Climate Action Plans which are provided for in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, which is under the remit of the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications.


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