Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (50)

Seán Sherlock

Question:

50. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress being made in respect of the completion of the national energy and climate plan. [14287/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The preparation of a consolidated National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) is a requirement under the Governance Regulation of the Energy Union and Climate Action which brings together for the first time energy and climate planning and reporting requirements into a single national reporting framework.

Member States were given a template for the Plan as part of the Regulation and had to submit a first draft of the plan to the Commission by 31 December 2018 with the final plan to be submitted by 31 December this year.

As the deputy is aware projections indicate that Ireland will be far off target for emissions in 2020. The government is determined to address this and have asked me to draw up a whole of government action plan with the aim of getting back on track.

This plan will build upon the measures set out in the National Development Plan published by Government in March 2018.

I will also take into account the important work of;

- The Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action and its deliberations on the report of the Citizens’ Assembly entitled ‘How the State can make Ireland a Leader in tackling Climate Change’;

- Input from the Climate Change Advisory Council;

- Input from the public consultation on the initial draft National Energy and Climate Plan;

- Updated analytical input from Government Departments, ESRI, CSO, SEAI, EPA, Teagasc and other Government bodies

It is intended that new commitments and initiatives will be included in the All of Government Climate Action Plan which will in turn inform the finalisation of the NECP during the course of 2019.

Question No. 51 answered orally.