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Public Consultation

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act, 2021 enshrines the National Climate Objective to pursue and achieve, by no later than the end of 2050, the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy. The Amendment Act frames Ireland’s legally binding climate ambition of delivering a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 51% by 2030.  

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Amendment Act, 2021 prescribes that: each local authority shall prepare and make a plan relating to a period of five years (… referred to as a ‘local authority climate action plan’) which shall specify the mitigation and the adaptation measures to be adopted by the local authority on a trajectory to achieving climate neutrality by no later than the end of 2050.  

Local Authorities will have 12 months to complete their individual plans once directed by the Minister, with the direction to be made within 18 months of the coming into operation of the Act. It is anticipated that the Minister will issue this direction before March 2023.  

Cavan County Council Climate Action Plan will actively translate national climate policy to local circumstances and Cavan County Council will be responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from across our own assets and infrastructure, whilst also taking on a broader role of influencing and facilitating others to meet their own targets.  

Cavan County Council Climate Action Plan will be based on the following guiding principles:  

  • Ambitious Action 
  • Focused 
  • Evidence Based  
  • Participative  
  • Transparent  

Cavan County Council is currently building on the Cavan Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024 and is progressing the establishment of the evidence base required for Cavan Climate Action Plan. Building the evidence base includes the development of: 

  • Climate Risk Assessment for the County 
  • A Baseline Emissions Inventory for County Cavan 
  • A Baseline Emissions Inventory for Cavan Town, which is the designated Decarbonisation Zone, and 
  • Advancing works on the development and formation of a baseline emissions Inventory for Cavan Town and County, as well as the dedicated Decarbonization Zone.  

Have your say!

In order to ensure that local based information is included, Cavan County Council is inviting observations and recommendations for consideration in the in the draft Climate Action Plan.  

Submissions will be accepted before 11th August 2023 by email to: climateaction@cavancoco.ie 

Or by post to:

Bróna Keating,
Climate Action Coordinator,
Cavan County Council Environmental Services,
Farnham Street,
H12 C9K1

How to Write a Helpful Submission: 

Please write submissions that: 

  • Are short and to the point 
  • Are focused on one or more of the key themes of interest to you. It does not have to be on all issues 
  • Include your address or townland. Doing so will help us statistically analyse the data, i.e. to determine if particular issues are unique to certain areas within the county (This is optional. Your personal data will not be published, nor will it be used for any other purpose or shared with any third party) 

Online Surveys

You can also complete an online survey in relation to the draft Climate Action Plan.

Data Protection

The content of your submission may be published as part of the plan-making process. At all times Cavan County Council will comply with the provisions of the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.

Please be advised that submissions received may be published online. You should ensure that no vexatious, libellous, or confidential information, including confidential information relating to a third party (in respect of which the third party has not, expressly, or impliedly in the circumstances, consented to its disclosure) is included in your submission. Cavan County Council reserves the right to redact any submission or part thereof that does not comply with this requirement. Please be advised that the name of the person(s)/group(s) who made the submission may be published, but personal data will be redacted. This processing of your personal data is lawful under Article 6(1)(a) of the GDPR Regulations.

The Council’s Data Protection Policy is available at cavancoco.ie/services/corporate-governance/data-protection/data-protection-policy/