Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (440)

Jack Chambers


440. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the heads of the climate action (amendment) Bill will be published to address necessary climate targets and budgets as committed to the Climate Action Plan 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46145/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

On 17 June 2019, the Government published the Climate Action Plan 2019, which commits, inter alia, to bringing forward a new Climate Action (Amendment) Bill to amend the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. The objective of the Bill is to significantly strengthen the statutory framework for governance of the climate challenge, and ensure delivery of successive Climate Action Plans and Long-term Climate Strategies, supported by a system of carbon budgeting and sectoral targets with appropriate oversight by Government, the Oireachtas and a new Climate Action Council. The Climate Action Plan identifies a number of provisions to be incorporated in the new Bill including:

- Establishing the 2050 target in law

- Making the adoption of carbon budgets a legal requirement

- Requiring the Government to set a decarbonisation target range for each sector, with the Minister with primary responsibility for each sector identified being accountable for delivering the relevant actions to meet the sectoral targets

- Establishing the Climate Action Council as a successor organisation to the Climate Change Advisory Council

- Establishing that the Climate Action Plan shall be updated annually

- Establishing that a Long-Term Climate Strategy, to match the period covered by the three five year carbon budgets, shall be published

- Ensuring that the proposed governance arrangements retain sufficient flexibility to allow necessary reorientation of policy in the light of changing technologies, circumstances, challenges and opportunities over the period to 2030 and beyond

The General Scheme is currently being prepared on the basis of the provisions outlined above with a view to seeking Government approval for the scheme before the end of 2019. This will allow for the publication of the Climate Action (Amendment) Bill in quarter 1, 2020 as committed to under the Plan.

Questions Nos. 441 to 443, inclusive, answered with Question No. 439.