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...

543. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the specific actions he has undertaken under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25691/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has been actively engaged in the development of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP) from the outset as part of the whole of Government approach lead by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.  
Officials from my Department have engaged with a number of cross-departmental committees and technical analysis groups established to progress the development of the Plan.
Prior to the passing of t...

561. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment 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 25690/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 72, 81 and 584 of 9 May 2017 which address the development of the National Mitigation Plan. 
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 set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act, 2015.
Following a statutory public consultation in March a...

600. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the specific actions he has undertaken under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25689/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​My Department’s contribution to the National Mitigation Plan sets out both the challenges to meeting emission reductions targets and charts a clear and quantified path towards Ireland’s national transition objective to a low-carbon, and climate resilient economy as set out in the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development Act 2015.
Following on from an extensive stakeholder and public consultation process in March and April, the contri...

663. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the specific actions he has undertaken under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 to contribute to the national mitigation plan. (Question 25697/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): 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 set out in the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. 
Following a statutory public consultation in March and April, work on the development of the first Plan is nearing completion and my colleague the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the En...

229. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline the nature of the expertise in carbon sequestration in peatlands he is able to rely on within his Department or by means of consultancy contracts when considering whether actions relating to peatland carbon sequestration should be included in the national mitigation plan and whether to support the mandatory inclusion of wetland management in the proposed 2030 targets for the non-traded emissions from EU member states. (Question 22346/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 229 and 230 together.
I refer to the answers to Questions Nos. 300 of 6 April 2017 and 1298 of 2 May 2017. As I set out in reply to those questions, I am open to considering further work on the role of wetlands in the context of the National Mitigation Plan, building on the experience ​of research already undertaken. A number of Departments and Agencies will be in a position to p...

230. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline the analysis he has carried out or has access to regarding the cost effectiveness of greenhouse gas mitigation by means of storing and sequestering carbon in peatlands. (Question 22347/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 229 and 230 together.
I refer to the answers to Questions Nos. 300 of 6 April 2017 and 1298 of 2 May 2017. As I set out in reply to those questions, I am open to considering further work on the role of wetlands in the context of the National Mitigation Plan, building on the experience ​of research already undertaken. A number of Departments and Agencies will be in a position to p...

51. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the modelling which underpins the national mitigation plan; the key assumptions regarding the use of biomass in power generation; and his views on the future of carbon capture and storage. (Question 21887/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - National Mitigation Plan)

Deputy Eamon Ryan: The Minister recently described our climate ambition as economically reckless. I will throw his criticism back at him by asking where his economic analysis is. It is clear that we have no mitigation plan with which anyone agrees. The head of the climate advisory committee stated the plan lacked substance, analysis and detail, while the head of the Environmental Protection Agency described the plan in similar terms. Let us have a real economic debate on where we are going o...