Joint Committee on Climate Action: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders —

(a) Special Committee (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Committee’) is hereby appointed, to be joined with a Special Committee to be appointed by Dáil Éireann, to form the Joint Committee on Climate Action to —

(i) consider the Third Report and Recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly entitled ‘How the State can make Ireland a Leader in tackling Climate Change’;

(ii) consider how these Recommendations might inform the further implementation of Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan as well as the development of Ireland’s draft Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan in the context of the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union (COM 2016 / 759), taking into account the recently published National Development Plan;

(iii) generally assess the state of play in relation to the Sectoral Adaptation Plans (SAPs) of relevant Government Departments as required under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and as set out under the National Adaptation Framework (NAF) and, in this context, to engage with the Secretaries General of these relevant Government Departments in relation to proposed adaptation measures to be included in such plans taking into account the recently published National Development Plan;

(iv) engage with the Secretaries General of relevant Government Departments to determine whether they have also set out sectoral mitigation measures which could inform further implementation of the National Mitigation Plan and the preparation of Ireland’s draft Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan taking into account the recently published National Development Plan; and

(v) consider such other related matters and engage with such other relevant stakeholders as the Committee sees fit, and to report to both Houses of the Oireachtas in accordance with paragraph (f);

(b) the Committee shall not exceed seven members of Seanad Éireann;

(c) the quorum of the Joint Committee shall be eight, at least one of whom shall be a Member of the Seanad, and one a Member of the Dáil;

(d) the Joint Committee shall elect one of its members to be Chairman;

(e) the Joint Committee shall have the powers defined in Standing Order 72(1), (2), (4), (5), (8), (13), (14) and (15); and

(f) the Joint Committee shall report its conclusions and recommendations to both Houses of the Oireachtas not later than 31 January 2019.”

Question put and agreed to.