In accordance with Section 5(1) of the Public Service Management Act 1997, my Department has prepared a new Statement of Strategy for the period 2021-2023. The Statement of Strategy takes into account the objectives set out in the Programme for Government and provides a framework to translate these into policies and operational business plans designed to achieve implementation. In line with the Programme for Government, the Statement of Strategy statement includes ‘promoting environmentally sustainable economic progress’ as one of the Department’s five strategic goals. The Statement of Strategy was recently published and is available on my Department’s website at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/24836f-strategy/.
In line with the Climate Action Plan 2019, and work underway on the forthcoming Climate Action Plan 2021, a Climate Action Mandate will be introduced for every public body. The mandate is a commitment to climate action by the public sector and will include commitments under property and asset ownership and operation, employees, procurement, policy formulation and implementation and organisational strategies.