Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (227)

Barry Cowen


227. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he received costed proposals from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the Climate Action Plan 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27522/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Government's Climate Action Plan puts Ireland on a pathway to the achievement of the country's 2030 climate and energy targets that is consistent with a net zero emissions target by 2050.

The plan sets out ambitious emissions savings targets for sectors of the economy. The Departments responsible for the achievement of these targets will, over the coming months, be developing the policies and measures required to reach these targets. These policies and measures will incorporate a blend of expenditure, taxation, regulation and behavioural change initiatives that will encourage the investment decisions required across the public and private sectors, as well as by individual citizens, to achieve these targets.

Much of the Exchequer investment required to support these policies and measures was already anticipated and provided for through the commitments included in the National Development Plan (NDP), which includes over €30bn in investment to fund the transition to a low carbon and climate resilient society and initiatives in sustainable mobility.

The Government has agreed that the cumulative Exchequer costs of the commitments included in the Climate Action Plan will be delivered within existing multi-annual ceilings and the funding commitments made in the NDP.