DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has published its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2019-2024, highlighting the main climate risks facing the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area and the range of actions its planning on undertaking to tackle climate change.

Under five key areas: energy and buildings, transport, flood resilience, nature-based solutions and resource management, the plan will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions emitted by the council and residents living in the DLR locale.

Councillor Shay Brennan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said: “I welcome the publication of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown CCAP 2019-2024, which marks a significant step forward in the council’s efforts in combating the causes and impacts of climate change. 

“In rolling out this plan, the council will continue to demonstrate local leadership, across a range of action areas, with the aim of supporting other sectors in carrying out their own climate change efforts, in particular citizens, businesses and community groups across the county.

“I look forward to the implementation of the plan, in collaboration with my colleagues in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the other Dublin local authorities.”

Philomena Poole, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said: “The Council’s CCAP marks a key milestone in an on-going partnership between Council staff, elected members, Codema, the Dublin Climate Action Regional Office, and a range of other stakeholders.

“This is the moment when we must take action and show our ambition through real action to preserve the world as we know it for the generations that will come after us – our own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“This council is committed to continued climate action, across the key areas of adaptation, mitigation and public engagement, undertaking of a range of initiatives that will enable the county to contribute to reaching national and European energy targets to 2030, 2050 and beyond.”

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.

In July, it was announced that an additional €150,000 will be made available to help implement the CCAP.