Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 sets out how the Council will improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own buildings and operations, while making Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown a more climate-resilient County with engaged and informed citizens. This will be achieved by a range of ongoing and planned actions in five key areas (Energy and Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions and Resource Management), which will be continuously monitored, evaluated and updated.
The Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 has identified that the effects of climate change are already impacting the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area at a significant rate and are very likely to increase in their frequency and intensity. Dublin Bay’s average sea level appears to be rising faster than initially forecasted and has risen by twice the global average in the last 20 years. The number of days with heavy rainfall has also increased, and the amount of extreme flooding events in the capital has risen in the last 10 years.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown has also experienced extreme temperatures, as witnessed recently in 2018, with Met Éireann issuing its first ever Status Red warning for snow in February, followed by one of the hottest summers on record. All these extreme weather events clearly highlight the need to reduce the impacts that climate change is having on the environment, the economy and the citizens of Dublin.
These five key action areas in this Plan set out how the Council will lead by example, while addressing four main targets:
- A 33% improvement in the Council’s energy efficiency by 2020
- A 40% reduction in the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
- To make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events
- To actively engage and inform citizens on climate change
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is committed to playing a full role in achieving these targets; some recent actions in these areas include:
Energy and Buildings:
- The creation of the Dublin Region Energy Master Plan, which will provide evidence-based scenarios for emission reductions in the Dublin Region up to 2030 and 2050.
- Deep retrofits of the Council’s social housing stock to nZEB or EnerPHit standard.
- Smart lighting trials in the County
- Introducing more electric vehicles into the Council’s fleet.
- Develop and extend the cycle network in the County.
- Expand car and bike-sharing schemes in the County
- Development of further flood storage schemes and studies in the County.
- Implement a coastal monitoring programme with a map of vulnerable areas.
- Develop a climate change impact GIS risk map with scenarios for the Dublin Region.
- Development of community garden at Fernhill Park.
- Green roofs on civic buildings.
- A review of the Dublin Bay Biosphere Plan to identify areas vulnerable to climate change.
- Identify neighbourhoods/areas in region in need of bring banks in the County.
- How to cut down on food waste
- Climate-related evaluation criteria in all Council tenders.