Fingal County Council is inviting submissions from the public in response to the Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024.
The Draft Action Plan has been developed by the four Dublin local authorities alongside the Dublin energy agency Codema. Fingal County Council’s public consultation is open for submissions from 11 February until 25 March 2019.
As part of this public consultation process, Fingal County Council is organising #Councils4ClimateAction public information events as follows:
• Launch event, Fingal Co Hall, Swords, Monday 18 February, 17.30 – 20.30 (Family friendly event with ReCreate sustainable activities).
• Balbriggan, Bracken Court Hotel, Wednesday 20 February 2019, 17.30 – 20.30
• Blanchardstown, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Monday 25 February 2019, 17.30 – 20.30
• Sutton, Marine Hotel, Thursday 28 February 2019, 17.30 – 20.30
SEAI will be in attendance at all four events to provide advice and information on home energy efficiency grants and supports, and answer technical questions on home retrofits.
In order to make progress in addressing climate change, the Council aims to achieve a 33% energy efficiency improvement by 2020 and a 40% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2040.
The Draft Action Plan outlines the actions being taken by the Council in order to achieve these targets. These include the complete use of LED public lighting across Fingal by 2021 and the introduction of more electrical Council vehicles. There are also plans for the development of new cycle networks across the County such as the Fingal Coastal Way, the Sutton-to-Malahide Cycleway, the Broadmeadow Way, the Harry Reynolds Road Cycle Route in Balbriggan and the Royal Canal Urban Greenway.
The Council also aims to further develop flood protection schemes in areas at risk in the County as well as nature-based solutions to the effects of climate change. These include the development of a monitoring programme of the habitats and species considered at risk of climate change in Fingal.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin, said: “We have already experienced the effects of climate change in recent years with extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels and increased flooding. I encourage residents to be proactive and engage with the consultation process to learn about what the Council are doing to address the causes and effects of climate change and what we as citizens should be doing.”
Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, said: “I am delighted that Fingal County Council is collaborating with the three other Dublin Local Authorities and Codema to implement the Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024. During the consultation period, citizens have an opportunity to interact with their local authority and educate themselves on the best practices to address the cause and effect of climate change on our natural landscape, biodiversity and quality of life.”
Public consultation information events are taking place in each of the four Dublin Local Authority areas. For information about these events, the four Draft Climate Change Action Plans and details on how to make a submission, please visit www.dublinclimatechange.ie