Training for local authorities to tackle climate change 

by Rachel Cunningham

By Rachel Cunningham

Local authorities in Dublin and around the country are taking part in climate leadership training developed by the Climate Action team at Limerick Institute of Technology’s (LIT) Development Unit, with the aim of encouraging local authorities to champion interdepartmental climate leaders within their county to reinforce the delivery of climate action. 

The specially commissioned Championing Leadership training, which is funded by Local Authority Climate Action Regional Offices (CARO) and coordinated by the Local Authority Services National Training Group (LASNTG), is being delivered to both senior management and elected officials from 31 local authorities.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report on Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions indicates that significant action and adjustments to pace and scale are needed to achieve the targets set out in the 2019 Climate Action Plan, while the extent of change required to meet the plan and European Climate Law targets is unprecedented.

Through four specifically focused modules, the Championing Leadership programme has been designed to address Action 150 of the Climate Action Plan: “Support the development of Local Authority climate action leadership and capacities”. The training encourages local representatives and senior management to leverage their roles to embed climate action across all functions and activities of the council. It also outlines how to support and effect positive climate action within the community. 

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