410. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the term “non-zero emission vehicle” in regard to the commitment in the National Development Plan 2018-2027 encompasses vehicles equipped with a combustion engine regardless of fuel and other propulsion systems which may also be installed, such that no new hybrid propulsion vehicles that include a combustion engine will be sold here after 2030. (Question 20110/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 and 411 together.
Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan, which I published in July last year, provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the Plan is to specify the policy measures required in order to manage Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions at a level appropriate for m...

411. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the rationale for delaying the ban on sales of non-zero emission vehicles until 2030 in view of the large and accumulating overshoot of carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector relative to EU targets and the temperature goals for the Paris Agreement; and his costed plans for drawing down the corresponding excess carbon dioxide that will be emitted to the atmosphere and that is directly attributable to this delay. (Question 20111/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 410 and 411 together.
Ireland’s first statutory National Mitigation Plan, which I published in July last year, provides a framework to guide investment decisions by Government in domestic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The purpose of the Plan is to specify the policy measures required in order to manage Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions at a level appropriate for m...

34. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the extent to which he remains satisfied with meeting targets in respect of fossil fuel reduction and electricity generating dependency thereon; if he expects to meet these targets in full within the prescribed period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18018/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - National Mitigation Plan)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Energy White Paper presents a long-term strategic vision that is intended to guide the direction of Irish energy policy from now until 2030. At its heart is a commitment to transform Ireland into a low carbon society and economy by 2050 and reduce the country’s fossil fuel dependency. This ambitious vision for Ireland’s energy system envisages a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from that sector by 80-...

175. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the implementation of action 92 proposed in the national mitigation plan, namely, the improvement of farm sustainability through GLAS and the origin green programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18153/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Work is on-going in the implementation of the National Mitigation Plan. Action 92 refers to the proposal to continue to improve farm sustainability through GLAS and the Origin Green Programme.
In relation to GLAS over 50,000 farmers joined GLAS, which has a range of actions to address climate change and reduce emissions.
Among the actions undertaken under the scheme are almost 5,000 farmers who have committed to the Low Emissi...

52. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when each of the sectoral adaption plans for climate change mitigation will be published; the planned measures of each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7477/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - National Mitigation Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I published Ireland’s first National Mitigation Plan in July 2017 which sets out the measures proposed by the key sectors concerned for enabling a low carbon transition.
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 6(5) of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development A...

190. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions abated by measures to encourage a modal shift to cycling and walking; the source of this estimate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2361/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - National Mitigation Plan Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 to 192, inclusive, together.
Central to the development of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP) was the robust economic evaluation of key emission mitigation measures. A Marginal Abatement Cost Curve approach (MACC) was used to compare ‘business-as-usual’ economic activity to ‘low carbon’ options. The MACC tool was developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). An estimated margina...

191. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions abated by measures to encourage a modal shift to public transport; the source of this estimate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2362/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - National Mitigation Plan Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 to 192, inclusive, together.
Central to the development of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP) was the robust economic evaluation of key emission mitigation measures. A Marginal Abatement Cost Curve approach (MACC) was used to compare ‘business-as-usual’ economic activity to ‘low carbon’ options. The MACC tool was developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). An estimated margina...

192. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions abated by measures to reduce the speed of motor vehicles; the source of this estimate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2363/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - National Mitigation Plan Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 190 to 192, inclusive, together.
Central to the development of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP) was the robust economic evaluation of key emission mitigation measures. A Marginal Abatement Cost Curve approach (MACC) was used to compare ‘business-as-usual’ economic activity to ‘low carbon’ options. The MACC tool was developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). An estimated margina...

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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