On the 12th June 2018 Meath County Council launched a Draft Climate Action strategy which will be on public display until the 31st July 2018
The Councils Consultation portal https://consult.meath.ie/en/browse can be used to view and make online submissions in respect of the draft Strategy
Climate Change is a reality and local authorities like Meath County Council are at the coal face of advancing climate adaptation and mitigation in Ireland and while we are responsible for emissions and adaptations we are also influencers in such areas as energy, waste management, air quality, biodiversity, surface water management, planning, building control, transport choices etc.
We have responsibilities in terms of energy usage and choice of supply/source in our public lighting, buildings, depots, leisure facilities, in our housing stock, and our fleet. The Council are committed to achieving targets set for 2020 and 2030 in respect of energy efficiency, increase in renewables and decreases in Green House Gases (GHGs) associated with these areas of responsibility. Local Authorities are best placed to identify risk and vulnerabilities and to action them, across a wide spectrum of areas and under a variety of EU, National and Local Policies and Regulations
The main purpose of the draft Strategy is to outline practical actions that will help County Meath adapt to and mitigate against climate change and specifically across the key sectors over which Meath County Council exercise at least some level of operational control or influence. In total the draft strategy lists 135 objectives across 8 thematic areas and namely planning, economy, mobility, built environment, clean energy, resource management, water and natural resources
The draft strategy can be access at: https://consult.meath.ie/en/browse