The Climate Action Plan 2019 was published on 17 June 2019. The Plan contains over 180 actions that Ireland needs to implement to meet our EU 2030 targets and achieve our longer-term low carbon transition objective.
Delivering such an integrated set of actions and policies will require a deep level of collaboration across Government. The approach adopted will closely follow the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee and build on the learnings from the success of the Action Plan for Jobs.
The Climate Action Plan outlines significant new governance structures to ensure that climate policy is implemented. These include:
- a five year Carbon Budget and sectorial targets with a detailed plan of actions to deliver them;
- an independent Climate Action Council to recommend the Carbon Budget and evaluate policy;
- strong accountability to an Oireachtas Climate Action Committee; and
- carbon proofing all Government decisions and major investments.
The governance structure also includes a Climate Action Delivery Board to be established within the Department of the Taoiseach to oversee delivery of the Plan.
The Delivery Board will be jointly chaired by the Secretaries General of the Departments of the Taoiseach and Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The membership will comprise Secretaries General from Departments responsible for the actions outlined in the Plan. The first meeting of the Board was held on 16 July 2019.
The Board will ensure coordinated, timely and effective implementation of the actions in the Plan and hold each department and public body accountable for the delivery. The Delivery Board will also discuss and review strategic projects and areas of work in the Plan. It will prepare quarterly reports on delivery for the Government which will be published. It will also contribute to development of an annual update of the Plan, starting in early 2020. This will ensure that this Plan is a living document, with new actions being added each year. This follows the successful approach which was core to delivering the Action Plan for Jobs.