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15/02/2019

Dublin’s councils publish coordinated carbon-cutting strategies

Words: Roger Milne
Congestion in Dublin / iStock

Local authorities across the capital have jointly unveiled ambitious climate action plans. They aim to cut carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2040 and achieve a 33 per cent improvement in energy efficiency of their buildings by 2020.

These targets are more ambitious than those of the State.

The four draft climate change action plans, now out for consultation, have been drawn up by the councils with the help of the Dublin energy agency Codema.

The agency has highlighted that in the last 15 years the average annual sea level in Dublin Bay is rising faster than projected, at 6-7mm a year. It also noted that extreme weather events were on the up while the number of flooding events has increased significantly.

The local authorities involved are Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council: Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council.

Their draft plans indicate a range of measures and initiatives. These include completing the country’s biggest district heating scheme, moves to encourage the use of electric vehicles, more walking and cycling, greater tree cover, upgrading public lighting with LEDs and ensuring district heating projects use waste heat.

The overall aim is to make the conurbation more climate resilient, a move that will also require further flood alleviation schemes and a better-informed population.

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