230. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he plans to address the expensive compliance costs on account of missing climate change and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20320/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together.
I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 32 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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231. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he plans to improve Ireland’s track record and become a world leader on climate change in emissions reduction and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20321/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 24 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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232. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated amount the State will have to pay due to missing climate change and renewable energy targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20322/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 and 232 together.
I refer to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 32 of 25 April 2018. The position is unchanged.
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47. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if an all Government approach to the issue of climate change is being taken in view of the climate ambition of An Taoiseach. (Question 17851/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 202 together. 
I published Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017. This is a whole-of-Government Plan, reflecting in particular the central roles of the Ministers responsible for the sectors covered by the Plan (Electricity Generation, the Built Environment, Transport and Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use), and drawing on the perspectives of a ran...

202. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans in the context of climate action with a view to meeting the various challenges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18319/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 202 together. 
I published Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017. This is a whole-of-Government Plan, reflecting in particular the central roles of the Ministers responsible for the sectors covered by the Plan (Electricity Generation, the Built Environment, Transport and Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use), and drawing on the perspectives of a ran...

203. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the five most important issues whereby he and his Department can positively impact on the issue of climate change with particular reference to greenhouse gas reduction in public and private transport, energy conservation in the home, domestic motoring and agriculture and forestry while continuing to protect economic output; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18320/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Question No. 67 of 14 February 2018 and to Question No. 24 on today’s Order Paper.
The 2014 National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development sets out an ambitious long-term commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Ireland by at least 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 across the electricity generation, built environment and transport sectors; and in paralle...

292. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the consequence highlighted by an organisation (details supplied) if climate action, that is, environment protection is not undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14525/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, I am acutely aware of the importance of recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in relation to the challenges facing us all regarding mitigation of emissions and the need to ensure that we are resilient and can adapt to climate change. It is important that every sector plays its part given Ireland’s very challenging 2020 and, provisionally agree...

333. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the public will be informed and engaged on climate action as required under the Aarhus Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14527/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention in June 2012 and it entered into force in September 2012. Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention provides for public participation concerning plans, programmes and policies relating to the environment.  This requires that each Party “make appropriate practical and/or other provisions for the public to participate during the preparation of plans and programmes relating to the en...

335. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether there should be a statutory requirement to have experts at the decision-making table at national, regional and local level to ensure Ireland meets its obligations under the Paris Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14531/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): National climate policy development is supported by robust arrangements for the provision of scientific and technical advice which, in turn, supports policy implementation at national, regional and local levels   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the competent authority in Ireland for the preparation and annual publication of official inventories and projections of greenhouse gas emissions and for r...

67. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the three most important actions he plans to take to address the issue of climate change and carbon reduction including development of the alternative energy sector and incentivising the transport sector to change to renewable fuels; the extent to which the domestic transport sector can be influential in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7415/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2014 National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development sets out an ambitious long-term commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Ireland by at least 80% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 across the electricity generation, built environment and transport sectors; and in parallel, to pursue an approach to carbon neutrality in the agriculture and land-use sector, including forestry, w...

235. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which various Government interventions to offset the onslaught of climate change are in hand or proposed, such as drainage, flood relief or other such actions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7802/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 and 238 together.
The challenges presented by the impacts of climate change are unprecedented, both in terms of their potential scale and the transformation required to prepare for them. 
Ireland’s first statutory National Adaptation Framework was approved by Government in December 2017, and was published and laid before the Oireachtas on 19 January 2018 in line with Section ...

238. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the full extent of the action taken or proposed to address the impact of climate change here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7806/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 and 238 together.
The challenges presented by the impacts of climate change are unprecedented, both in terms of their potential scale and the transformation required to prepare for them. 
Ireland’s first statutory National Adaptation Framework was approved by Government in December 2017, and was published and laid before the Oireachtas on 19 January 2018 in line with Section ...

531. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on each recommendation (details supplied) as contained in the National Competitiveness Council report Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2017; his plans to implement the policy recommendations for which he has a statutory remit; and the timeframe for implementation. (Question 4056/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Ireland’s national mitigation objective, as set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015 is to ensure transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. The responsibility for emissions reduction is a collective one and Ireland’s emission reduction targets are national and not sectorial in nature. A reduction in carbon emissions of at least 80% (compared to 1990 leve...

140. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount of funding his Department is providing to the green climate fund in 2018; if this is his Department’s only contribution to overseas climate adaptation and mitigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1182/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Established in 2010, the Green Climate Fund supports the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. Irish Government contributions to the Green Climate Fund falls under the remit of the Department for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
In addition to Irish Government funding to the Green Climate Fund, Irish Aid, through the Department of Foreign Affairs a...

1288. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount of funding his Department is providing to the green climate fund in 2018; if this is his Department’s only contribution to overseas climate adaptation and mitigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1147/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the replies to Questions Nos. 397 of 29 November 2017 and 595 of 14 December 2017. As set out in reply to these questions, Ireland made a commitment at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November 2015 to provide at least €175 million in public funding in support of climate action in developing countries between 2016 and 2020. This support will be provided primarily for bilateral assistance in re...

4. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to revise the national capital plan in view of the climate advisory committee’s report on the shortcomings of the national mitigation plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53817/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Deputy Eamon Ryan: To continue the conversation about the national capital plan, how are we going to make it green? How is the Government going to respond to the climate advisory committee’s damning criticism of our national mitigation plan? We are not doing anything, it seems. The latest Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, figures show our emissions rising across all sectors, particularly in transport. The plan within the national planning framework is all about inter-urban motorways. Th...

595. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount that has been contributed to the green climate fund in 2017; and the amount that is pledged for 2018. (Question 54082/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Question No. 397 of 29 November 2017. The position is unchanged. 
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429. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will report on the position in his Department’s strategy statement to focus on the implementation of Ireland’s climate change commitments. (Question 50385/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): High Level Objective 5 of my Department’s Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 sets out that my Department will ‘enable the State, within EU and global frameworks, to pursue and achieve transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy, underpinned by a secure and competitive energy supply, in the period to 2050’. This High Level Objective identifies a number of outcomes for both c...

4. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach his plans to attend the climate change summit in Paris on 12 December 2017 and if he will report on discussions he has had with President Macron regarding the summit. (Question 50599/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4, 6, 13 and 14 together.
I was invited to participate in the “One Planet” Summit on 12 December in Paris by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this summit and I have passed on my regrets. The Government will be represented by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and ...

6. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the invitation he has received from President Macron of France to attend a climate change summit in Paris on 12 December 2017. (Question 49176/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4, 6, 13 and 14 together.
I was invited to participate in the “One Planet” Summit on 12 December in Paris by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this summit and I have passed on my regrets. The Government will be represented by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and ...

13. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he plans to attend the climate change summit in Paris and the number of staff in his Department who work on this issue within the economic division. (Question 50472/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4, 6, 13 and 14 together.
I was invited to participate in the “One Planet” Summit on 12 December in Paris by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this summit and I have passed on my regrets. The Government will be represented by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and ...

14. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding his Department’s strategy statement and its commitment to moving focus from negotiation to implementation of Ireland’s international climate change commitments. (Question 49415/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4, 6, 13 and 14 together.
I was invited to participate in the “One Planet” Summit on 12 December in Paris by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this summit and I have passed on my regrets. The Government will be represented by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and ...

397. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount that his Department has committed to the green climate fund in each year since 2011; and the amount that it will be contributing in 2018. (Question 50987/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland made a commitment at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November 2015 to provide at least €175 million in public funding in support of climate action in developing countries between 2016 and 2020. This support will be provided primarily for bilateral assistance in respect of climate change adaptation goals in developing countries and will come from the Vote of Irish Aid managed by the Department of F...

178. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49550/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department is actively involved with the farming sector in supporting initiatives to contribute positively to climate change mitigation including through sequestration and renewable energy.
Food Wise 2025 sets out a cohesive, strategic plan for the sustainable development of agri-food sector over the next decade. As part of the initial ground work to Food Wise 2025, a public consultation took place which involved 15 backgr...

49. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has considered the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations on climate change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49088/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The  contributions by the members of the Citizens’ Assembly to this critical and urgent issue, which included consideration of a range of detailed presentations by technical experts in meetings over the course of two full weekends, have been welcomed by me and by the Government as a whole.
I understand that the Citizens’ Assembly must now communicate its report and recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas...