Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (304)

John Lahart

Question:

304. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to reduce parking facilities for civil and public servants in the city within the city cordon area in the context of the Climate Action Plan 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33377/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Climate Action Plan, which was agreed by Government last month, sets out an ambitious course of action to address the impacts of climate disruption on Ireland's environment, society, economic and natural resources. It sets out details of the governance arrangements that apply and includes an Annex of Actions to be taken within specific timescales, as well as setting out details of the lead Department and other key stakeholders involved. My Department will be involved in the implementation of many of the 183 actions in the Annex. It will lead on 4 of these; lead jointly with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on another; and lead on certain aspects of a further 6 actions.

This Department is not assigned lead responsibility for any actions under the “Transport” heading in the Annex of Actions. However, the Department will be progressing certain transport-related actions under the “Public Sector Leading by Example” heading. For example, under Action 153, the Department will be introducing civil service mileage rates for electric vehicles reflecting the cost incurred by drivers using their own vehicles for work.

More generally, the Deputy may wish to note that the provision of parking facilities for staff is a matter for individual public bodies.