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Climate Change Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (65)

Mick Barry


65. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications when he will publish the annual transition statement for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [61470/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Annual Transition Statement (ATS), established under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, served an important function in providing an overview of climate change mitigation and adaptation policy measures adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the effects of climate change in order to enable the achievement of the national transition objective.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, significantly strengthens the statutory framework for governance of the climate challenge. The new framework ensures 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 Change Advisory Council. Under the Act, Ministers will have to give account for their performance towards sectoral targets and actions before an Oireachtas Committee each year. This replaces the previous Annual Transition Statement process.

I will shortly publish the Annual Transition Statement for 2020, which is to set out information on developments in respect of 2019, as was required under the 2015 Act before it was amended.

Question No. 66 answered with Question No. 51.
Question No. 67 answered with Question No. 57.