Towards a New National Climate Policy discussed at Oireachtas Committee on the Environment

National Economic & Social Council (NESC) presented its interim report  ’Towards a New National Climate Policy‘ informing the climate change legislation process was discussed at today’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment. This is a welcome step towards publication of the long-awaited Climate Change Bill. – The full debate can be viewed here-

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, I look forward to further engaging on this report and its findings, as we look ahead to receiving the Heads of the climate change Bill later this year.

National Climate Policy Programme for the development of national climate policy and legislation

2012

 

January Independent analysis by NESC Secretariat, for the purpose of informing further development of national climate policy, to commence.
Early February

 

In parallel with the independent analysis by the NESC Secretariat, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to launch a structured, open, and inclusive consultation on national policy and legislation following on from the review issued the Minister on 3rd November 2011.

The consultation process will run up to the end of April.

End June

 

NESC Secretariat to submit its interim report, which will focus on potential options for policies and measures to close the distance to Ireland’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target under Decision 406/2009/EC in the compliance period 2013-2020.

Minister to make an overview analysis of the responses to the consultation available on line.

Quarter 3 Minister to release the interim report from NESC Secretariat; views to be sought from Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Quarter 4

 

Minister to –

a) announce the Government response to the interim report from NESC Secretariat – and
b) issue heads of a climate Bill for consideration by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht and stakeholders, following Government approval.

End 2012 NESC Secretariat to submit its final report.


2013

 

February Minister to release final report from NESC Secretariat.
March – June Oireachtas Joint Committee to consider the NESC reports and Heads of climate bill, consulting with stakeholders as determined by the Committee.
End June Oireachtas Joint Committee to report on national climate policy development and appropriate legislation.
Quarter 3/4

 

 

Having regard to –

  • the National Climate Policy Review,
  • the reports from the NESC Secretariat and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, and
  • ongoing evolution of climate policy within EU level and at a wider-international level under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,

Government to adopt a national policy position on transition to a low-carbon future, including appropriate institutional arrangements, and finalise the introduction of climate legislation.