The Draft 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.
Public Consultation Process and #Councils4ClimateAction Public Information Event
The public consultation period for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024 will run from 11 February - 25 March 2019, during which time the public is encouraged to make submissions.
As part of this public consultation process, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Codema are organising the #Councils4ClimateAction public information event on Thursday 21 February from 3pm – 7pm in the National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire. This event will give the public the chance to see how the Council is climate-proofing its services across a number of key areas. Come along and get advice on everything from reducing your waste to electric vehicles to energy saving in the home. Register now for free on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2FPVtN9
In advance of the event on the 21st February, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will also be holding an informal public information event in Parish Hall, Holy Cross Church, Dundrum on Weds 13 February from 3pm - 7pm covering the same topics as the Dún Laoghaire event. There is open access to this event and no need to book via EventBrite.
Similar events are taking place in each of the four Dublin Local Authority areas - for information on these events, on the four Draft Climate Change Action Plans and details on how to make a submission, please visit www.dublinclimatechange.ie