Written answers

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Climate Change Policy

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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231. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Question No. 185 of 17 June 2021, the status of progress made towards the Annual Transition Statement for 2020. [8348/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Annual Transition Statement (ATS), established under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, served an important function in providing an overview of climate change mitigation and adaptation policy measures adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change in order to enable the achievement of Ireland's National Transition Objective.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, significantly strengthens the statutory framework for governance of the climate challenge. The new framework ensures delivery of successive Climate Action Plans and Long-term Climate Strategies, supported by a system of carbon budgeting and sectoral targets with appropriate oversight by Government, the Oireachtas and a new Climate Change Advisory Council. Under the 2021 Act, Ministers will have to give an account of their performance in relation to their sectoral targets and actions before an Oireachtas Committee each year. This framework replaces the previous ATS process.

Notwithstanding the changes introduced by the 2021 Act, I intend to publish an ATS for 2020. This ATS will set out information on developments in respect of 2019, as was required under the 2015 Act before it was amended. My Department has undertaken the preparation of this Statement through engagement with the relevant stakeholders. it is currently being finalised, and will be published before the end of March.


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