At their Council meeting this week, Councillors of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council declared a Biodiversity and Climate Change Emergency before approving a Climate Change Action Plan which sets out a series of targets aimed at adapting to and mitigating against climate change.
An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ossian Smyth stated:
Climate change is the biggest global challenge of this century. In publishing our Climate Change Action Plan and declaring this emergency we have signalled our intention to show leadership and ambition as we seek to preserve the world as we know it for generations to come.
The Council has committed a further €150,000 in the 2019 budget to support this action plan, which focuses on five key areas; Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management.
Our aim is to improve energy efficiency in Council Buildings, facilitate the transition to more sustainable modes of transport, protect infrastructure, safeguard our natural heritage and improve resource efficiency, whilst also aiming to influence the emissions in the wider County through leading by example and working with communities, businesses and national government.