Climate Change Bill Update September 2012

As the Dáil returns from the summer recess there has been some progress towards the drafting and publication of a Climate Change Bill.


1. Climate Change Bill included in Government Legislative Programme

You may be aware that the Government’s legislative programme for the Autumn/Winter session was published on Tuesday 18th September and in Section G it lists the Climate Change Bill as one for which Heads of Bills are expected before the Environment Committee this year. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Government to legislating on this crucial issue.


2. Minister to attend Doha Climate Change Conference

During the Summer I wrote to the Minister on issues relevant to a Climate Change Bill, and in his reply he indicated that he would be attending the Doha Climate Change Conference in November 2012.  From the answer to my parliamentary question appended below you can also see that he will participate in the high level Ministerial segment in Doha and and that he will publish Heads of Bills by the end of the year.


3. Results of Public Consultation on Climate Change Policy Published

In a press release on 30th August the Minister announced the results of the public consultation on climate policy – there were a total of 623 responses comprising 614 completed questionnaires and 9 separate submissions. The results of this will feed into the independent analysis by the NESC secretariat on the development of national climate policy. It was reassuring to see such a strong interest from citizens right across Ireland, from every walk of life expressing their concerns on climate change and the need for a Bill.,31000,en.htm


4. Interim NESC Report to be published at end of month

The interim report of the NESC secretariat will be published at the end of September  and will then be discussed at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment of which I am a member. I look forward to a strong engagement with the report and a full debate on what a Climate Change Bill must include.

As outlined in the Climate Bill roadmap, drafting of the heads of bills will begin after this process once the Government has announced it’s response to the NESC report.

The final report of the NESC secretariat will be submitted to the Department by end of this year. For your information I also append below the Climate Bill Roadmap published previously

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have concerns that you wish to raise with me on climate change, or any other issue. During the autumn I will endeavour to publish regular updates on my website – a key word search for ‘climate change’ will highlight tagged articles of interest.




Question No. 1086

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he intends to attend the Doha Climate Change Conference in November 2012; if the heads of a climate change bill be published before the conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Kevin Humphreys.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 18th September, 2012. Ref Nos: 38207/12


Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Hogan)

The 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012.  I plan to participate in the high-level Ministerial segment. As indicated in the Programme for development of national climate policy and legislation which I announced in January 2012, I intend to issue Heads of a Climate Bill by the end of this year.


Link to Climate Change Roadmap: