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

Note:This list was originally circulated to members in advance of the Citizens' Assembly's first meeting on Climate Change in September 2017. The list has since been updated to include additional organisations which were inadvertently omitted from the original list. For clarity these have been marked with an asterisk.

A signpost document prepared by the Secretariat is available to read 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, the Honourable 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."

In total, the Assembly received 1,205 submissions. Full details on the breakdown of these submissions are provided below.

Of the 1,205 submissions received, 1,180 were received online and 25 were received by post.

Of these, 1,185 have been published on the Assembly’s website. In total 20 were not published. Of those submissions received and not published the reasons were as follows:

  • 1 submission was withdrawn by the author;
  • 5 submissions were not relevant to the topic;
  • 14 submissions were duplicates.*

(*Where an exact submission was made more than once by the same individual this was only published once. In many cases this happened because the individual made the same submissions in multiple formats, i.e. by post, on line and by email)

What aspects of Climate Change did the Assembly look at?

In order to give this topic due consideration, the Assembly met over two weekends to consider it; 30th September/ 1st October 2017 and 4th/5th November 2017. A second weekend was added to allow the Members to consider this important issue more fully to enhance the discussion and the eventual recommendations which emerged.

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

In addition, the Assembly dovetailed the work of the Assembly with work being 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 were also welcome. It is hoped that aligning the Citizens' Assembly with the National Dialogue will add to the national discourse on climate change and would ultimately be of benefit to the Members as they considered this issue.

 

How were the submissions used?

The submissions 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 are published on the Assembly's website, and a signpost document was prepared for the Members of the Assembly. The signpost document is available to read here.

The submissions received on this topic can be read here

 

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 (Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, July 2017)

National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, April 2014) 

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 (United Nations, 2015)

 Draft National Adaptation Framework-September 2017 (Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, September 2017)

Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2013

Environmental Protection Agency: State of the Environment Report, 2016