Draft Climate Change Action Plan

Consultation begins on Dublin City Council’s draft Climate Change Action Plan

Dublin’s climate is changing and this poses significant risks and challenges to all of those living in the region. In response to this, the four Dublin Local Authorities in conjunction with Codema have developed draft Climate Change Action Plans. The Dublin City Council Plan sets out how it will improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own buildings and across its functions and operations, while making Dublin more adaptive to the current and future impacts of climate change.

Members of the public are invited to make submissions on the proposals contained within the draft Plan. The public consultation period for the Plan begins on the 11th February and runs until the 25th March, 2019.

The Council’s plan covers five key areas – Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management (waste and water) and has four key targets:

  • 33% better energy use by the Council by 2020
  • 40% reduction in the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • To make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events
  • To actively engage and inform citizens on climate change

A number of initiatives have already been progressed by Dublin City Council in relation to the key areas identified. Speaking about the Dublin District Heating Scheme (DDHS) project, Victor Coe, Senior Executive Engineer, Environment and Transportation Department says “This project aims to capture waste heat from industrial facilities on the Poolbeg peninsula, and pipe it into homes and businesses in Dublin’s Poolbeg, Ringsend and Docklands areas.  When complete this project has the potential to save 48,000 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (tCO2) per year, which is equivalent to 5% of Dublin City’s total tCO2 from heat.”

Dublin Bay’s average sea level appears to be rising faster than initially forecasted and has risen by twice the global average in the last 20 years. The number of days with heavy rainfall has also increased, and the amount of extreme flooding events in the capital has risen in the last 10 years.

Gerry O’Connell, Flood Projects and Water Framework Directive Division, says “Estimated sea level rise to the year 2100 is being catered for in our new tidal coastal defences. All of our new river flood defences incorporate an allowance for increase river peak flows due to climate change which are currently estimated at 20%-30% to the end of the century depending on the river catchment. “                 

Speaking about the Plan, David Dodd, Regional Coordinator of the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO) says “The publication of the four Dublin local authorities Draft Climate Change Action Plans is a key step forward in taking a regional and co-ordinated approach to addressing climate change in our capital city and surrounding region. Local Authorities are at the front line of climate action and these draft plans are an opportunity for citizens to have their say and shape the plans for our mutual sustainable future”.

Fionnghuala Ryan, Executive Environmental Scientific Officer in Waste Management Services says “Managing resources by preventing and managing waste in a safe and sustainable manner has become a high profile issue in recent years. By removing single-use disposable plastics from all Dublin City Council canteens and replacing them with reusable alternatives will not only remove a completely avoidable waste stream it will help reduce our climate impact.”

To read the draft Dublin City Council Climate Change Action Plan and for details on how to make a submission, please visit www.dublinclimatechange.ie

As part of the consultation process, on Saturday 16th February, 2019 a public information event will be launched by the Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, in the Round Room at the Mansion House at 12.15 p.m.  The public are invited to come along on the day to see how climate change and greenhouse gas emissions continue to affect the city and learn how the Council proposes to deal with these issues. Register now for free on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2RWXlKy