Climate Action Plan 2023 - Call for Expert Evidence

Closed 20 Sep 2022

Opened 9 Aug 2022


This decade will be critical if we are to address the climate and biodiversity crisis threatening our safe future on this planet. The Programme for Government commits to an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030 (a 51% reduction over the decade), and to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

These targets have been made legally binding by the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021. The first two Carbon Budgets were adopted by the Oireachtas and came into effect on April 6th 2022, setting us on a path to achieving our required emission reduction target. Following the approval of the Carbon Budgets, the Government approved the adoption of Sectoral Emissions Ceilings on July 28th. These ceilings provide emission reduction targets for sectors across the Irish economy.

Achieving these targets will be challenging and will require fundamental changes in many parts of Irish life. In rising to the challenge, we will be able to improve the health, welfare and security of all our people, while also protecting our environment and delivering new opportunities in terms of employment and competitiveness.

As required by the 2021 Act, the Government is now beginning to prepare the next Climate Action Plan, which will set out actions that must be taken in order to ensure we achieve our legally binding 2030 targets, prepare for climate neutrality no later than 2050, and make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change.

As with the Climate Action Plan 2021, the new Climate Action Plan will have a strong focus on implementation, including actions with specific timelines and steps needed to achieve each action, assigning clear lines of responsibility for delivery. It will be informed by successful approaches in other countries, where such approaches could be adapted for implementation in Ireland.

Why your views matter

As part of this consultation, you are invited to consider the cross-sectoral and sector-specific implications of the overall increase in climate ambition set out above, and to set out proposals for additional policies and measures across sectoral areas, including estimations of the associated greenhouse gas emissions reductions and/or increased resilience to the locked-in climate change impacts.

In order to allow a consistent approach to be taken across all sectors, the development of the new Plan is being addressed through the following broad framework:

  • regulatory framework
  • adoption of known technologies
  • addressing market failure
  • driving change in business models
  • the public sector leading by example
  • harnessing the citizen and community effort

In addition to completing our consultation questionnaire, we would also like to hear your evidence-based views grounded in a comprehensive cross-sectoral perspective on the changes required to meet Ireland’s 2030 and 2050 climate ambition, including in relation to key systemic choices.

The Department may publish the contents of all submissions received to this consultation on its website, the Department will redact personal data prior to publication. In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI, AIE or otherwise published.

We would like to draw your attention to the Department's Data Privacy Notice which explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights.

In order to allow a consistent approach to be taken across all sectors, the development of the new Plan is being addressed through a broad framework. When answering the series of questions set out in each section, submissions should consider where we can find the necessary step changes across each of the following six areas of policy initiative:

Regulatory Framework

  • Revision in Regulations
  • Mandates for Public Bodies/Carbon Proofing Exercise
  • Integrated Planning Methods (SDZ etc.)
  • Risk Frameworks for Investments and Asset Ratings (e.g. factoring in mitigation of flood risk)

Adoption of known Technologies

  • Rolling out enabling smart infrastructure
  • Technical support to adoption
  • Access to finance for green investments
  • Novel contracts, developing templates and supply chains
  • Incentive windows and calls
  • Producer pledges and inspection

Addressing Market Failure

  • Price of carbon
  • Other Sectoral price signals
  • Information and Audit Services
  • Initiatives when assets transfer (e.g. when new mortgage created)
  • Innovation calls

Driving change in Business Models

  • Switching opportunities and barriers
  • Management support programmes to build capacity to lead change to a low carbon business model
  • Promoting Innovation and enterprise hubs
  • Tradable quotas outside the ETS sector

Public Sector leading by example

  • Investment Prioritisation
  • Procurement Practices
  • Role of regional climate offices
  • Programme review
  • Exemplars

Engaging citizens and communities

  • Community Based Initiatives
  • Motivation of the Power of One
  • Information Initiatives
  • Just transition

Other consultations which may be of interest

At the time of this consultation being launched, a number of additional consultations are also currently open which may be of interest. If you have specific views on the subjects of any of these consultations, you can submit your feedback directly to those consultations by clicking the links below: