Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (75)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

75. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he has identified and proposed action on the issue of climate change and the need to accelerate a programme to address the issues concerned, including a clear and substantial commitment to specific objectives in respect of non-fossil electricity generation capacity, with particular reference to specific targets that meet urgent requirements without damaging the national economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14201/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Since my appointment as Minister I have secured Government approval to prepare an All of Government Plan which will set out the actions which must be taken to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. This involves working with colleagues across Government to develop new initiatives in electricity, transport, heat, and agriculture, as well as a range of other sectors. The new 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. The new plan will also be informed by successful approaches in other countries.

This plan will build on the previous actions taken by Government, including in the National Mitigation Plan and the National Development Plan, and is to be completed shortly.