A public consultation on national climate policy and legislationhas been initiated by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD.
The consultation is part of an ongoing process to develop a robust national climate policy which will be underpinned by legislation. It aims to gather the views of the widest possible audience on a range of issues including general policy instruments and their use; identifying and addressing barriers to mitigation; specific mitigation policies and measures; consumer behaviour and EU policy.
It also includes a number of questions on domestic legislation, including in relation to its role and scope and on national adaptation planning.
The Minister said: “I hope this open consultation will stimulate serious and constructive engagement across all sectors and stakeholders. It is a structured consultation designed to maximise the input from all parties and to ensure that we have a robust and meaningful outcome to inform the ongoing policy development process in line with the Roadmap I published in January”.
He added: “The consultation has been designed to encourage a rich round of engagement by all concerned”.
“I hope that the outcome of the public consultation will provide a catalyst for a significant step forward, to a policy position that is both fit for the purpose of meeting our 2020 commitments and initiating a national journey on effective transition over the longer-term”.