The Climate Action Plan commits us to new governance structures that will deliver necessary progress and hold responsible actors to account for their outlined actions. The publication of the First Progress Report demonstrates robust delivery in this regard. A completion rate of 85% has been achieved, incorporating 149 measures across sectors.
The Climate Action Delivery Board will continue to monitor progress and identify challenges to delivering the remaining actions not yet achieved.
The report shows that 85%, or 149, of the actions due for delivery in Quarter 2 and 3 of 2019 have been delivered, with the remaining in progress and due for delivery by the end of the year.
Key Milestones reached since the Plan was published:
- New Scheme for 1,200 on-street public charge points for electric vehicles, led by local authorities
- First Luas tram extension delivered
- New requirements to ensure all new homes are Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) standard. New energy efficiency regulations for home renovations over a certain size
- Commitment to support net zero emissions at European level
- Local Authority Climate Action Charter signed with all 31 local authorities, driving forward meaningful change in their local areas
- Commitment for Just Transition Plan, with €31m secured in Budget 2020 for new measures
- New rules for public procurement, meaning €12bn of state investment each year will be invested sustainably
- A Climate action focussed budget, with a commitment to increase the price of carbon to €80/t in 2030, and ring-fence all the proceeds for climate action, tackling energy poverty and delivering a just transition
- Climate Action Plan Delivery Board established, led by the Department of an Taoiseach
- Retrofitting model taskforce established to deliver our new national retrofitting plan which will group homes in the same area together to lower cost, easy pay back models (e.g. through your utility bill), and smart financing
- Secured €530m from the EU to deliver the Ireland – France Celtic Interconnector, which will link the Irish and French electricity grids and is vital to increasing renewable electricity from 30% to 70%
- Climate Advisory Council advice accepted to ban all new oil exploration off Irish coastal waters
- 8 Town Hall meetings across the country to engage with local communities about climate action