Climate change is one of the biggest risks facing the communities, physical infrastructure, biodiversity and social fabric which make Galway City such a unique place to live. We are compelled to take ambitious action through mitigation (decreasing emissions that cause climate change) and adaptation (enhancing resilience to climate change impacts and risks).
Why do we need to develop a Climate Action Plan?
Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act (2021) Ireland is now on a legally binding path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. The act requires local authorities to prepare a Local Authority Climate Action Plan (LACAP) which runs for 5 years to meet national emission reductions targets and develop resilience to the impacts of climate change.
What is the deadline to implementation?
On the 24th February 2023 the Minister instructed local authorities to prepare climate action plans and under the legislation the authorities must adopt a plan within 12 months. The LACAP must include both adaption and mitigation measures.
What will be included within the Climate Action Plan?
Galway City Council will use its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in planning how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across its own assets and infrastructure, whilst also taking on a broader role to influence, facilitate and co-ordinate the climate actions of communities and other stakeholders and what it will do to advocate for climate action in Galway City.
How can the public help to develop the Climate Action plan?
Members of the public are being asked to make submissions on how the Council can best transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral economy. Submissions can be made at the link below, which can also be found on galwaycity.ie website. The initial pre-draft consultation period will be open until 8th September 2023.
Galway City Council has published a Baseline Emissions Inventory Report, which gives a picture of the current emissions in the city and examines how the climate in the city has changed in recent decades. A Risk Assessment report has also been published, which shows the risks the impacts of future climate change may cause for the city. To view each of the documents please click on the links below: