Dublin City Council set to create Climate Change Action Plan

Aine O'Boyle

The 108 participants were nominated from 90 companies with a European base in Ireland including Alexion, Facebook, Morgan McKinley, Dell and Microsoft, all of whom also sponsored the event.

Dublin City Council has created a draft Climate Change Action Plan, aiming to reduce carbon emissions (Co2) in Dublin by over one third by 2020.  

The draft was created in conjunction with Codema and aims to create a strategy towards climate action for the four local authorities of Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Members of the public have been invited to make a submission to the action plan, with the consultation period starting on February 11th and closing on March 25th, 2019.

According to David Dodd, Regional Coordinator of the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office, “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.”

The five key areas addressed within the plan deal with energy and buildings, transport, flood resilience, nature-based solutions and resource management.

According to the plan, local authorities across Dublin collectively consumed 67,285 tonnes of CO2 through non-renewable energy use in their buildings and public lighting.  One of the main targets of the action plan is the reduction of the council’s energy use by 2020.

Several initiatives have been introduced by Dublin City Council to ensure the reduction of CO2 emissions.

One such initiative is the Dublin District Heating Scheme, which according to Victor Coe, Senior Executive Engineer with the council, “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 per year, which is equivalent to five per cent of Dublin City’s total carbon dioxide emissions from heat,” he continued.

One method currently being deployed across Europe to reduce carbon emissions is that of carbon pricing or carbon taxes.

Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton warned that a strong and coherent plan is needed in order to reach Ireland’s climate change targets without inciting “yellow-vest” protests, such as those on-going in France.

 

Aine O’Boyle

Image Credit: Dublin City Council