63. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps being taken to effect the removal of subsidies on peat extraction in view of the State’s emissions reduction targets and the recent vote of the Citizen’s Assembly whereby 97% of assembly members voted in favour of the removal of Government subsidies on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49052/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 65, 81 and 84 together.  
I refer to the reply to Question No. 49 on today’s Order Paper.
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 whol...

65. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to incorporate the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly into the national mitigation plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49089/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 65, 81 and 84 together.  
I refer to the reply to Question No. 49 on today’s Order Paper.
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 whol...

67. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a discussion in Dáil Éireann on the national mitigation plan will be arranged; and the way in which this plan will help the State meet its commitments under the Paris treaty. (Question 49011/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 468 together. 
The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 was an important initial step to enable Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy and society. The Plan provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sets out what Ireland is currently doing, an...

81. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which his Department will progress the recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly on the subject of climate change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48978/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 65, 81 and 84 together.  
I refer to the reply to Question No. 49 on today’s Order Paper.
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 whol...

84. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the degree to which he expects existing provisions and future proposals to narrow the gap between what is required and what is already proposed in regard to the report from the Citizens’ Assembly; if he is in a position to quantify the precise extent of the requirements that need to be met over the specified period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49079/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 65, 81 and 84 together.  
I refer to the reply to Question No. 49 on today’s Order Paper.
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 whol...

468. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will facilitate a Dáil Éireann discussion on the national mitigation plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49098/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 468 together. 
The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 was an important initial step to enable Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy and society. The Plan provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sets out what Ireland is currently doing, an...

305. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national mitigation plan is due to be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44641/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan Publication)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan (NMP) was published on 19 July 2017 and is available on my Department’s website at www.dccae.gov.ie. The Plan is an important initial step to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and society, and identifies over 70 mitigation measures and 106 related actions to address the immediate challenge to 2020 and to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will ...

26. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on concerns that the national mitigation strategy will fail to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions sufficiently resulting in significant fines from the European Union and dangerous weather change worldwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42134/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: There are serious concerns that Ireland’s national mitigation strategy will fail to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions sufficiently resulting in significant fines from the European Union and dangerous weather changes around the globe. Will the Minister enlighten us on where he is at on that particular strategy?
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46. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will strengthen the national mitigation plan by including concrete actions and targets in line with Ireland’s international emissions obligations and also end Ireland’s reliance on purchasing emissions units further to criticisms (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41705/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 50 and 63 together.
The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 is an important initial step to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and society. The Plan identifies over 70 mitigation measures and 106 related actions to address the immediate challenge to 2020 and to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030....

50. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he remains satisfied that greenhouse gas reductions over the next ten years can be met; if further provisions can be made to meet such targets without damaging industry or agriculture; the extent to which marginal lands can be used in this context; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41880/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 50 and 63 together.
The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 is an important initial step to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and society. The Plan identifies over 70 mitigation measures and 106 related actions to address the immediate challenge to 2020 and to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030....

51. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the national mitigation plan will be discussed in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41906/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 was an important initial step to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and society. The governance and reporting arrangements that underpin the National Mitigation Plan will be critical to successfully delivering on the full range of over 70  measures and 106 related actions in the Plan. Under section 14 of the Climate A...

63. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated annual funding required to enable the full implementation of the national mitigation plan published in July 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41701/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 50 and 63 together.
The publication of Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 is an important initial step to enable the transition to a low carbon economy and society. The Plan identifies over 70 mitigation measures and 106 related actions to address the immediate challenge to 2020 and to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030....

447. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the projections his Department has made in relation to possible fines Ireland will face for not achieving the 2020 emissions targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40300/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

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. Ireland...

1261. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for publishing the national mitigation strategy under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34938/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Mitigation Plan was published on Wednesday 19 July 2017 and can be found on my Department’s website at http://dccae.gov.ie.
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650. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans on having a debate in Dáil Éireann on the national mitigation plan. (Question 32902/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 650 and 651 together.
I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 58, 68, 69 and 77 of 27 June 2017. 
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 pre...

651. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans on publishing the national mitigation plan. (Question 32903/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 650 and 651 together.
I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 58, 68, 69 and 77 of 27 June 2017. 
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 pre...

58. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the final draft of the national mitigation plan will be published; his plans for a full and robust debate of this plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29883/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: When will the final draft of the national mitigation plan be published? What plans does the Minister have for a full and robust debate on this plan? I ask him to make a statement to the House.
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68. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the national mitigation plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29840/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: When will the final draft of the national mitigation plan be published? What plans does the Minister have for a full and robust debate on this plan? I ask him to make a statement to the House.
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69. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeframe for publication of the national mitigation plan; if the plan will be debated in both Houses of the Oireachtas before it is enacted in view of the fact it will be a vital document which will solidify the State’s response to climate change for future generations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29770/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: When will the final draft of the national mitigation plan be published? What plans does the Minister have for a full and robust debate on this plan? I ask him to make a statement to the House.
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77. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the national mitigation plan on climate change has been brought to Cabinet; and when it will be brought to Dáil Éireann for debate. (Question 29799/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: When will the final draft of the national mitigation plan be published? What plans does the Minister have for a full and robust debate on this plan? I ask him to make a statement to the House.
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87. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the proposed national mitigation plan will help Ireland achieve its targets for CO2 reductions; the way it will help move both agriculture and transport sectors towards reduced reliance on fossil fuels and GHG; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29760/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

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 Plan will focus on measures and actions to progress decarbonisation of four key sectors in our lo...

241. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the publication deadline for the national mitigation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29198/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The objective of Ireland’s first 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 close collaboration with all relevant Government Departments and, in part...

150. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance the specific actions he has taken under the the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25693/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): My Department is participating in a whole-of-Government approach led by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, in respect of the formulation of the National Mitigation Plan.  
Sectoral mitigation proposals have been put forward by Departments with sectoral responsibility, as follows:
1. Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment
2. Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
3. Department...

192. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the specific actions he has undertaken under the the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25695/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The draft National Mitigation Plan 2017 recognises in measure BE 17 the particular challenges to the educational sector and also the existing cooperation between the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Department of Education and Skills in offering advice to schools to understand, manage and reduce their energy use.
My Department’s approach and openness to engage on the matter of energy efficiency has seen it advance t...

467. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the specific actions he has undertaken under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25696/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 the Department of Health will be required to submit a Sectoral Adaptation Plan for the Health Sector, for approval by government. Preparation of sectoral plans will require consultation with other Ministers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Climate Change Advisory Council and be cognisant of the National Adaptation Framework which is being developed by the Department of Commu...