How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change

The submissions process on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" is now closed.

Please click here to view submissions  received from members of the public, advocacy/interest groups and other representative organisations.

A list of Submissions received from NGOs, representative groups, advocacy groups, political parties, commercial entities and academics is available here.

Submissions Process

The submissions process on "How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change" is now closed. The closing date for submissions on the topic was 5pm on Friday, 11th of August.

Members of the public, representative groups and citizen organisations were urged to make a submission to the Assembly.

The Chairperson of the Assembly, Mary Laffoy said “The Assembly has been tasked with considering some of the most complex topics facing Irish society and on this occasion, I think it is fair to say we will be looking at something that has posed a challenge for societies right across the world. Climate change, specifically one country or another’s capacity to lead or to step back from the issue, is a global talking point right now therefore it is timely for us to be participating in this discussion."

 

What aspects of Climate Change will the Assembly look at?

In order to give this topic due consideration, the Assembly will meet over two weekends to consider it; 30th September/ 1st October and 4th/5th November; a second weekend has been added to allow the members to consider this important issue more fully to enhance the discussion and the eventual recommendations which emerge.

Submissions are invited across the full spectrum of issues in relation to Climate Change, but in particular the Assembly would like to hear views on Ireland's energytransport and agriculture sectors.

In addition, the Assembly is working to dovetail the work of the Assembly with work about to be undertaken by the advisory group on the National Dialogue on Climate Change. That group will be considering how the State can properly engage the wider public on the issue of climate change and as such submissions addressing this aspect are also welcome. It is hoped that aligning the Citizens' Assembly with the National Dialogue will add to the national discourse on climate change and will ultimately be of benefits to the members as they consider this issue.

 

How will your submission be used?

The submissions will play a key role in helping the secretariat and the Expert Advisory Group develop the work programme on the topic and can ultimately shape the recommendations being made by the members to the Houses of Oireachtas. All submissions will be published on the Assembly's website, and a summary will be prepared for the Members of the Assembly. It was originally hoped that this summary could be provided to the Members in advance of the September meeting but this was not possible. The summary document will be made available to the Members before they meet on this topic again on 4-5 November. 

The submissions received on this topic can be read here

According to the Assembly's Rules and Procedures following receipt of submissions on any matter, the Assembly may choose to hear oral presentations from any representative group or individual to assist in its deliberations. As such those wishing to be considered to address the Assembly should first make a submission.

 

What form will the outcome of the Assembly's work take?

According to the resolution establishing the Assembly, the Assembly must report and make recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas. This is done by means of a voting by the members. The resolution goes on to say that the Government will provide in the Houses of the Oireachtas a response to each recommendation of the Assembly and, if accepting the recommendation, will indicate the time frame it envisages for the holding of any related referendum

 

Useful documents

Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet on Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

The National Mitigation Plan

National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015

Climate Change Advisory Council - Periodic Review Report 2017

Climate Change Advisory Council - First Report

The European Commission 2030 Climate and Energy Framework

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

The Paris Agreement

 Draft National Adaptation Framework-September 2017