climate action plan

  • The targets set out in the Government's climate action plan are very demanding for agriculture- that's according to the IFA's Galway-based President Joe Healy.

    The plan, launched yesterday, aims to cut Ireland's carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual increases in carbon tax.

    It contains 183 measures which Environment Minister Richard Bruton says will involve radical change in the way we do things.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice has described the ambitious plan as "a savage attack" on rural Ireland.

    He gives an example where a farm's agricultural contracting bill could increase by hundreds of euro per year by increasing taxes on petrol and diesel.

    IFA President Joe Healy says the plan would have a significant impact on rural Ireland, and told Midwest News that the infrastructure would need to be put in place by Government to implement the actions set out in the Teagasc roadmap on reducing emissions....

  • Mayo County Council is to host climate action information evenings in three locations across the county this week, following the launch of the Public Consultation Process for the draft Climate Adaptation Strategy.

    The public are invited to make submissions on the draft plan the council has put together, ahead of it being adopted by the council in September to comply with the national deadline.

    The Mayo County Council Draft Climate Adaptation Strategy is available for inspection the council's Municipal Offices and at all Mayo libraries until Wednesday 3rd July, and is also available to view on the council's website -

    A number of information evenings are also being held across the county this week where members of the public can make observations or ask questions on the plan - the first meeting is tonight at Áras Inis Gluaire in Belmullet, followed by a meeting in The Regional Training Centre at the Mall in Castlebar tomorrow evening and in Westport Town Hall on Thursday evening between 7 and 8pm.

    The closing date for submissions on the draft climate action plan is 3rd July.


  • The Government will sign off on its Climate Action Plan at a special cabinet meeting this morning.

    It contains targets across every Government department to reduce emissions and meet climate change commitments.

    Richard Bruton's new document is modeled on the Action Plan for Jobs he managed to boost employment after the recession - with strict targets, monthly progress reports and extra oversight from the Department of the Taoiseach.

    The Climate Action Plan aims to push Ireland to reach its 2030 targets, and to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    It will put targets in place for all government departments and bodies and set a roadmap for areas like transport, agriculture and housing.

    Carbon taxes will be a key part of this plan - with the levy to rise to 80 euro per tonne by 2030.

    It will also re-emphasize plans to have 800,000 electric cars on the road by the end of the next decade - as well as setting targets for home retrofitting and renewable energy.

    Other initiatives will include piloting remote working for staff in local authorities.

    While this plan has been developed by the Department for Climate Action and the Environment it has input from every sector of the government, and sets targets for them all to meet.

    Ministers will sign off on it at a specially convened cabinet meeting this morning.