Climate Justice Installation launches

Dublin City Council, in partnership with Vita, is happy to launch the Climate Justice Installation, which is taking place on the 20th September, 2019 in the Atrium, Civic Offices, Dublin 8. This installation runs for two weeks and aims to show the huge disparity in climate justice between Irish lifestyles and those of communities in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The launch event begins on the 20th at 8.30 a.m. with the following speakers:

  • Flossie – a 12-year-old climate activist who has formed a weekly beach cleaning group called ‘Flossie and the Beach Cleaners’
  • Michael Pidgeon -  Green Party Councillor for South West Inner City
  • Emily Hosford, Vita Programme Officer

Celine Reilly, Executive Manager, Dublin City Council said, “This installation highlights how local action can have a global impact. We want to demonstrate how the steps we take against climate change – as a Council and as individuals – can have lasting benefits to our climate, environment, and, most importantly, the communities worst-affected by global warming. Dublin City Council is thrilled to launch this event that shows how, in reducing emissions here in Ireland, we can also help to deliver climate justice in Africa. We hope it encourages us all to join inspirational activists like Flossie in achieving small lifestyle changes that make a global difference.”

The launch is organised to coincide with the day of Climate Strike Action, and to mark the fact that the Council has already reached its 2020 target of 33% improvement in energy efficiency. This achievement has involved:

  • An upgrade of public lights to LEDs;
  • Replacement of Council Fleet Vehicles with more fuel-efficient alternatives, including electric vehicles;
  • Retrofits of Council leisure centres using an Energy Performance Contract (EPC);
  • Upgrades of landlord lighting and heating systems in social housing.

The City Council has teamed up with the NGO Vita in a programme to offset all business flights and is the first Local Authority in the Country to do so. This programme, which is a model of Climate Justice, provides families in Ethiopia and Eritrea with eco-stoves to help people at the frontline of climate change reduce their carbon emissions by 60%. This creates carbon credits, which the Council then buys to offset its carbon flight emissions.

The Council is further committed to maintain and improve upon these savings in line with the Government’s recently published Climate Action Plan, which sets a target of 50% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. To these ends, the Dublin City Council Energy Review has identified additional projects that will help the Council to get a head start on 2030 targets. These include:

  • Upgrading of an additional 8,000 public lights;
  • Retrofitting of community centres and senior citizen complexes;
  • The installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) unit and further upgrades to the Civic Offices;
  • A second Energy Performance Contract project to upgrade eight Council sports facilities.

These actions will contribute to over half the CO2 savings that are required for the Council to meet a second key target in its Climate Change Action Plan, and to its commitment to the Covenant of Mayors initiative – a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Codema, the Dublin Energy Agency, will also be in attendance at the launch to provide information on the work that the Council is doing through its Climate Change Action Plan and Energy Review. It will also give demonstrations of the interactive lighting display, as well as the Home Energy Saving Kit, which is available to borrow from all Dublin City Council Public Libraries.

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