Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (229, 230)

Brian Stanley

Question:

232 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason for the delay in releasing the overview analysis of the responses to the public consultation on climate change that were due to be released at the end of June and when will the analysis now be released. [35756/12]

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Brian Stanley

Question:

233 Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is still committed to the time frame outlined in his roadmap for climate policy, including the publication of heads of a climate Bill in 2012; the progress made to date on his roadmap; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35757/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 232 and 233 together.

I am committed to the terms of the Programme for the development of national climate policy and legislation published in January 2012, including the commitment to issue Heads of a Climate Bill by the end of this year.

In terms of progress on the Programme to date, the public consultation was completed on schedule. It attracted a very strong response, within excess of 600 submissions received. My Department is at an advanced stage in working through these submissions and an overview will be made available online as soon as possible.

The Secretariat to the National Economic and Social Council have submitted their interim report. As indicated in the Programme, I intend to release the report and formally invite views from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht by the end of September 2012. I foresee a central role for the Joint Committee in the policy development process, most importantly on the critical issue of coming to a clear national understanding of how to meet our binding EU and wider international mitigation commitments, as well as pursuing national objectives in a low-carbon global economy.