Calls made for extensive retrofitting in Climate Action Plan

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

Local People Before Profit representatives have called for an extensive programme of retrofitting of Dublin council homes, as part of a submission to a climate action plan that will be voted on by councillors in early 2024.

The South Dublin County Council Climate action Plan 2024-29 had been made available for public consultation until November 3.

In addition to the retrofitting of council homes, the submission called for the plan to seek a ban on new data centres, increase public transport, improve cycling and walking infrastructure and the end of the use of glyphosate for weed control.

“We recognise that the council has done some good work when it comes to Climate Action, such as wildflower meadows, the Integrated Constructed Wetlands and improved cycling infrastructure. But much more is needed,” said Councillor Madeleine Johansson.

“Most of what is needed is beyond the remit of the council because of years of privatisation, centralisation and outsourcing.

“One of the things that the council could do immediately is to end the use of glyphosates for weed control. Glyphosates are very harmful to the environment and human health and alternative methods need to be found, even if they require the hiring of more staff.

“We need to reverse the effects of bad planning, particularly in the Lucan area. Housing estates were built to suit developers to make profits but forces people into cars.

“We need to look at ways to make it easier for people to walk and cycle, and to access public transport.”

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