DLR Council makes €150,000 available to help tackle climate change

by Gary Ibbotson

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has announced the details of the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 which was adopted at its May monthly meeting.

Developed in partnership with the four Dublin local authorities and Codema, the Dublin Energy Efficiency Agency, “the plan seeks to adapt to and mitigate against the negative impacts of climate change and will focus on five key areas: Energy and Buildings; Transport; Flood Resilience; Nature-Based Solutions; and Resource Management.”

An additional €150,000 has been committed from the council’s 2019 budget to help support the delivery of the plan.

The strategy aims to improve energy efficiency in council buildings, facilitate the transition to more sustainable modes of transport, protect infrastructure, safeguard the natural heritage and improve resource efficiency.

According to the county council, the “Climate Change Action Plan sets out specific actions and targets, which will see the council reducing our energy usage and choosing more sustainable options, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

The actions outlined in the scheme will be continually monitored by a dedicated cross-departmental climate action team working in partnership with the Climate Action Regional Office.

The key targets of the plan are to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030, see an improvement in energy efficiency by 2020 and protect and enhance biodiversity and ecosystems.

Other objectives set out in the plan are to inform citizens on climate change and decarbonise the council modes of transport.

Green Party county councillor Deirdre Ni Fhloinn said: “The DLR climate change action plan is a considered and comprehensive document that sets ambitious targets county-wide for action on climate change by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

“As public awareness and education is a key part of the plan, I would urge residents, community groups, businesses and other stakeholders to read this plan and to think about how they can support it and indeed what can be done in their own businesses and communities.

“National and international climate action is the bigger picture but much can be done locally and it is good to see Councils providing leadership on climate action.”

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