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# climate action plan

Last month
January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Coillte forestry deal with British fund condemned by TDs from across political spectrum
A report by
Lauren Boland
The debate came as part of discussions on the Climate Action Plan 2023, which received a mixed response in the chamber.
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
A report by
Lauren Boland
The Climate Action Plan 2023 contains a suite of measures aimed at cutting emissions – but its performance over the last year was mixed.
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
# climate action plan
Congestions charges can't be ruled out as Taoiseach says Govt won't curtail car ownership
Minister Eamon Ryan says he’s confident the civil service will lead by example when it comes to reducing car park spaces.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
The plan outlines measures for electricity, transport, agriculture and other sectors to try to meet legally-binding targets.
# falling behind
Number of delayed climate measures snowballs as new Climate Action Plan nears
The Department of Environment was the worst performer of any government department in the third quarter of the year.
# Research
Installing electric heat pumps in Irish homes could increase costs by up to 46%
The ESRI study found that retrofitting homes to a standard needed to support a heat pump was ‘by far’ the greatest driver of cost.
# Hot Water
Department of Environment reports worst progress on Climate Action Plan of any department
Only 59% of climate measures that were due to be completed by March were delivered.
# climate action
Climate Action Delivery Board scraps requirement for itself to report to Government every quarter
The Board is also no longer required to present an annual progress report to Government.
# climactic
'A step on the road': The climate action that Ireland will - and won't - take in 2022
Here’s what the Government will be doing this year – and what experts say must be tackled.
The Journal analysed documents and spoke to experts to understand climate action planned this year and which interventions are needed most urgently.
This year will see a 2022 Climate Action Plan that is updated to “fully reflect the legally adopted carbon budgets and sectoral ceilings”, Lauren Boland reports.
Here's what the Government will be doing this year - and what experts say must be tackled.
Ireland missed its overall renewable energy target for 2020
'Critical gaps' between government's climate plans and what it's actually doing - report
All time
# CLIMATE CRISIS
What climate plans did Ireland set out in 2021, and how do things look for next year?
Let’s take a look back at the climate policies and goals Ireland put forward over the last 12 months.
# climate action
74% of young car owners plan to cut down on trips or switch to electric, poll finds
However, 32% of car owners overall do not plan on making any change to the number of journeys they take.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you happy with the revised Climate Action Plan?
Does it go too far? Not far enough?
# climate action plan
Low-cost loans and scrappage scheme to convince drivers to buy electric could be on the cards
Currently the government offers €5,000 grant to someone looking to buy an electric vehicle.
# climate action plan
Taoiseach says there's an 'obsession' about the national herd in climate debate
“There’s a much broader range of issues that we have to do in addition to agriculture,” the Taoiseach said at the launch of the Climate Action Plan.
# climate action plan
Agriculture, Building, Transport: Here's how sectors are expected to cut emissions by 2030
The agriculture sector has been targeted with the lowest change – a 22% to 30% reduction in emissions.
# CLIMATE CRISIS
The Government's long-awaited Climate Action Plan is out - here's what's in it
The agriculture sector, which is responsible for the most greenhouse gases, has been targeted with the lowest emissions reduction.
The long-awaited revised Climate Action Plan sets out how Ireland intends to meet tight climate targets over the next nine years.
It raises the target for renewable-sourced electricity from 70% to 80%, which will involve increased solar, onshore wind, and offshore wind power.
The agriculture sector, which is responsible for the most greenhouse gases, has been targeted with the lowest emissions reduction.
'Cautiously optimistic': Are Irish people going to COP26 feeling hopeful about the summit?
Young people have little faith in the government on climate, poll finds
# Climate Change
Government's much-awaited climate action plan will be published today
The three coalition leaders are expected to officially unveil the document later today.
# Targets
New climate action plan to be published in October
The plan will set out how the government intends to lower Ireland’s emissions and reach other climate goals.
# Gas emission targets
EPA says Ireland greenhouse gas emissions to fall by 3% per year until 2030 (once government targets are met)
This projection, however, entirely depends on the Climate Action Plan 2019 being implemented in full.
# climate action plan
Draft law that aims to ban the sale of fossil fuel cars by 2030 published today
Minister Richard Bruton says today is a ‘hugely important step’ in underpinning measures of the Climate Action Plan.
# climate action
Mandatory brown bin collections could be introduced under new waste strategy
The government will also examine expanding the range of items allowed in the green bin and banning bulky waste from landfill.
# climate action
Ramp up in wind energy needed to meet electricity demand from data centres and electric cars, says Varadkar
The amount of electricity generated from renewable sources must rise from 30% to 70% by 2030.
# dáil gates
Protesters plan 'bikini & shorts' protest over Taoiseach 'positive' climate change remarks
Varadkar said one of the benefits to climate change is warmer winters.
# climate action
Reducing cow herd ‘last resort’ in tackling carbon emissions, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the way emissions are categorised will have to be changed.
# broadstone depot
Bus Éireann conducting feasibility study for potential future move from Broadstone Depot
The company said it was looking into potential future locations given expected passenger growth.
# Electric Cars
'I got into terrible trouble': Shane Ross on that social media speed bump, and why he went electric in the first place
We talked to the transport minister about ministerial cars, BusConnects, and getting on a bike with Eamon Ryan.
# end of free charging
Electric car drivers will have to pay for charging with ESB set to announce cost next month
Once the price structure is announced next month, there will be a lead-in time of a few weeks before charging kicks in.
# fuel tax
Increase in electric car take-up 'could pose a substantial risk to stability of the State’s finances'
A schedule of declining supports to buy electric cars should be considered, states department review.
# petrol versus ev
The perks, the costs and the end of free charging?: Here's what you need to know about switching to an electric car
By 2030, it wants one million electric cars on Irish roads. It’s a big ask.
# Climate Change
Free public transport ruled out despite Dublin being 'the slowest city centre in Europe'
Luxembourg rolled out free public transport last year.
# Climate Change
'No decisions made' as to how Ireland will quadruple its carbon tax by 2030
The government’s Climate Action Plan did not give any detailed timeline of the changes to the carbon tax.
# climate action plan
Homeowners to pay back cost of house retrofits through their energy bills over 10 to 20 years
The initiative is contained in the new Climate Action Plan which will be published in a couple of weeks.
# recycling
Ministers to order State bodies to decarbonise under new Climate Action Plan
Public agencies will have to reduce food waste, promote water conservation, and roll out recycling practices.