South Dublin County Council has today published its Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) 2019-2024.
Dublin’s climate is changing and this poses significant risks and challenges to all of those living in the region. In response to this, South Dublin County Council has produced the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 in association with Codema (Dublin’s Energy Agency) and the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO).
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Climate Change Action Plan
Throughout 2018, South Dublin experienced extreme weather events with Met Éireann issuing its first ever Status Red warning for snow in February, followed by one of the hottest summers on record. These extreme weather events clearly highlight the need to reduce the impacts that climate change is having on our environment, our economy and the citizens of South Dublin.
In a collaborative response to climate change in the Dublin Region the four Dublin local authorities, the Dublin Metropolitan Climate Action Regional Office (CARO), and the City of Dublin Energy Management Agency (Codema) have joined together to develop Climate Change Action Plans.
South Dublin County Council undertook a public consultation on the Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024, the plan’s Natura Impact Report and the SEA Environmental Report during the period Monday 11th February to Monday 25th March 2019 inclusive. A total of 73 valid submissions were received which translated into 199 discrete comments or item submissions, which led to 17 new actions and eight altered actions. Many submissions were made to all of the Dublin Local Authorities but some to individual LAs only. While each plan is unique to its functional area, a unified approach was taken to responding to submissions that were appropriate and regionalised. An information video is available to view here.
On May 7th, the South Dublin County Councils Chief Executives report on submissions received was presented to the Elected Members of Council who unanimously voted to accept the draft and proceed to final publication.
The final plan will be presented to the Council at September's monthly meeting and outlines how the Council intends to achieve its four main targets:
- A 33% improvement in the Council’s energy efficiency by 2020,
- A 40% reduction in the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030,
- To make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events,
- To actively engage and inform citizens on climate change.
A sample of the actions across South Dublin County Councils five main action areas include:
Energy and Buildings:
- Upgrade 4000 Public Lights to LED and lighting within Council buildings to LED
- Energy performance upgrades of Council owned leisure facilities
- Development of the Tallaght District Heating Scheme. This project takes waste heat from a commercial data center and redirects it to nearby residential buildings and Tallaght hospital.
- Energy efficient retrofits of the Council’s social housing stock to include solar
- Expanding the County’s Green Routes and Cycle Network
- Introduction of more electric vehicles into the Council’s fleet
- Continue to promote a modal shift to active low carbon travel. The council has already installed 51 bicycle facilities across the county as well as cycle lockers
- Development of further flood alleviation schemes in the County such as Whitechurch and the Poddle
- Cross-boundary flood management with neighbouring local authorities
- Coordinating our emergency response plans
- Development of our wildflower meadows to encourage pollination
- Expansion of our community gardens and allotments for local food production
- Develop list of species native to County and map of habitats that are at risk
- Introduction of public water fountains to reduce reliance on single use plastics
- Continued support and promotion of local tidy towns initiatives
- Further development of food waste campaigns for schools and businesses