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...

50. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications for the State’s emissions targets and broader obligations in regard to addressing climate change of potential expansion of energy intensive industry here, particularly if same is incentivised by the Government, as in, for example, plans to expand the number of data centres located here. (Question 49014/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2014 National Policy Position on Climate Change and 2015 Energy White Paper include ambitious long-term commitments, respectively, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by between 80% and 95%  by 2050. As energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are inextricably linked, meeting this objective will require a radical transformat...

68. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the scientific consensus on the need to leave 80% of proven reserves of fossil fuel in the ground; the way in which the continued issuing of licences by his Department can help achieve this climate change goal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49012/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): The Paris Agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, aims to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement is designed to meet this objective through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by all parties to the agreement. In this regard, the European Union su...

51. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will report on the input his Department had into Cabinet discussions on Ireland’s role in and contribution to global climate change mitigation in advance of the Bonn climate change conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47044/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has been actively involved in the whole of Government approach to climate policy and in particular, with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, which is the lead department in this area. 
Ireland’s contribution to the global climate action plan, The Paris Agreement, is through the intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) tabled by the EU on behalf of its Member States, whi...

450. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if provision has been made for expected fines in 2021 owing to Ireland not meeting its EU climate change and carbon emissions reduction targets in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44053/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The 2009 Effort Sharing Decision 406/2009/EC established binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for EU Member States for the period 2013 - 2020. For the year 2020 itself, the target set for Ireland is that emissions should be 20% below their level in 2005. This will be Ireland’s contribution to the overall EU objective to reduce its emissions by the order of 20% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. Irelan...

46. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if in co-operation with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment he will elaborate a policy for the expansion of public transport and the radical reduction of public transport fares in order to avert the possibility of fines being imposed on Ireland for not reaching its CO2 emission targets by 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42029/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment continue to work closely together to address our national climate change challenge. We have jointly convened an interdepartmental Low-Emitting Vehicles (LEV) Task Force to consider a suite of potential measures to expedite the deployment of low carbon transport technologies.  We have also worked closely on the National Mitigation Plan, recently pub...

64. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the expected matters that the national dialogue on climate change will include. (Question 41896/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I understand that the Citizens’ Assembly met on 30 September and 1 October and will meet again in November to consider the topic of how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change and that these sessions will be informed by a public consultation which took place in August. As part of this work, I understand that the Assembly has been asked to consider how the National Dialogue on Climate Actio...

184. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps taken or likely to be taken by his Department in the future to combat the effects of climate change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42188/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland’s climate is changing consistent with regional and global trends. These changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades and include temperature rise, changes in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, sea level rise, and changes in precipitation patterns. The policy responses to climate change are two-fold:
- Mitigation of emissions of the greenhouse gases that are...

503. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the sectoral adaptation plans adopted in accordance with the national climate change adaptation framework since the framework was published in 2012; and the locations in which the sectoral plans can be accessed. (Question 41768/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The non-statutory 2012 National Climate Change Adaptation Framework (NCCAF) was the first step in developing a national policy in Ireland to address the anticipated impacts of climate change through a structured programme of action on adaptation.  
Under the 2012 Framework, the following four sectoral plans have been developed and published to date:
 2012 NCCAF Sector Plan/Draft Plan Flood Defence  “...

1449. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national climate change dialogue will commence; his plans to start the dialogue after the Citizens’ Assembly has concluded its deliberations on the topic of how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37893/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I was pleased to announce earlier this year that the Government was establishing a National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is in line with the commitment set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government. I subsequently announced, alongside my publication of the National Mitigation Plan on 19 July last, the establishment of an Advisory Group to provide me with advice in relation to the overall strategy, ...

614. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the national dialogue on climate change. (Question 32192/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 614 and 652 together. 
I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 72 and 473 of 27 June 2017. 
I was pleased to announce earlier this year that the Government was moving to establish, on a two-year pilot basis, a National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is in line with the commitment set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government. 
The primary objective of the National Di...

652. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national dialogue on climate change will be opened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32904/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 614 and 652 together. 
I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 72 and 473 of 27 June 2017. 
I was pleased to announce earlier this year that the Government was moving to establish, on a two-year pilot basis, a National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is in line with the commitment set out in the Programme for a Partnership Government. 
The primary objective of the National Di...

72. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national climate dialogue will commence; the person he wishes to chair the advisory group; the expected timeframe for the completion of its work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29894/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 473 together.
I was pleased to announce earlier this year that the Government was moving to establish, on a two-year pilot basis, a National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is in line with the commitment set out in the Programme for Government. 
The primary objective of the National Dialogue will be to ensure an inclusive process of engagement and consensus building acro...

458. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the details of discussions he has had with his EU counterparts with responsibility for climate change since President Trump’s announcement that the United States of America was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29935/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Irish Government strongly supports concerted international action to address the global challenge of climate change and, together with our EU colleagues, helped to bring about the entry into force of the Paris Agreement last November.
Ireland has joined the international community in expressing our concern and disappointment at the decision by the United States to seek to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. ...

473. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the national dialogue on climate change is being processed; when it will commence; the way in which it will be implemented; and his plans to bring this dialogue into communities and workplaces. (Question 29928/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 473 together.
I was pleased to announce earlier this year that the Government was moving to establish, on a two-year pilot basis, a National Dialogue on Climate Action. This is in line with the commitment set out in the Programme for Government. 
The primary objective of the National Dialogue will be to ensure an inclusive process of engagement and consensus building acro...

475. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has submitted a national low carbon transition and mitigation plan to the Government for approval; and when the Government will approve the plan. (Question 29998/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Question No. 58 on today’s Order Paper. The objective of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan is to set out what Ireland is doing, and is planning to do, to further the national transition objective as set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015.
The National Mitigation Plan has been prepared having regard to the provisions set out in the 2015 Act in ...