Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Climate Action Plan
161. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans to issue directions and further information to local authorities regarding their preparation of a Climate Action Plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34360/22]
The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2021 was commenced on the 23 July 2021. Section 16 of the Act requires each Local Authority to prepare a climate action plan, specifying the mitigation and the adaptation measures to be adopted by the Local Authority.Local Authorities will have 12 months to complete their individual plans once requested by the Minister, with the request to be made within 18 months of the coming into operation of the Act.
My Department is currently working closely with the Climate Action Regional Offices and Local Authorities to finalise a set of statutory guidelines detailing the approach Local Authorities are to take in the development and implementation of these Local Authority Climate Action Plans.