Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (143)

Gerald Nash

Question:

143. Deputy Ged Nash asked the Minister for Finance the status of the new strategy statement for his Department; the way that his Department will make climate action a core pillar of its new strategies as stated in the Programme for Government; if he has directed each of the agencies and offices under his remit to adopt a climate mandate under which those bodies will seek to support climate action within their own operations and among their clients and suppliers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8058/21]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

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.