The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD will host a Climate Action Town Hall in Donegal.

Taking place in Donegal Town this Tuesday, the event is part of a series of town hall meetings on his Climate Action Plan.  

The minister said the Climate Action Plan would deliver warmer homes, better connected communities and smart farming. The plan would also help bring about a more sustainable economy. 

"Under this Plan, Donegal will be a better place to live, work and raise a family,” he said. “Success will be driven from a local level.  

Donegal already has a strong network to build from with 10 sustainable energy community groups already established. Last year over 585 homes availed of the warmer homes scheme amounting to almost €3m investment in homes in Donegal and many others availed of grants to deep retrofit their homes and businesses and upgrade to electric vehicles.  

All of these choices taken by the people of Donegal collectively amount to significant change to our environment. But people must ask can I do more.” 

The Climate Action Plan sets out over 180 actions at a time when the warning signs are growing and the time for action is closing in rapidly.  

Extreme weather events such as the devastating flooding seen in Donegal destroyed homes, businesses and important infrastructure. The fodder crisis among the farming community in Donegal is also a direct result of more extreme weather. Other countries have witnessed even worse effects.  

The Climate Action Plan identifies how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and puts the country on a trajectory to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.   

Minister Bruton said: "Every generation wants to leave the world in a better place than they found it for their children. We have a short window of opportunity to act. We must act now and leave a better, healthier, more sustainable Ireland for future generations. I have worked closely with all of my government colleagues to develop this whole of government Climate Action Plan. This Plan provides our way forward." 

The Town Hall meeting takes place in the St John Bosco Centre, Donegal Town on Tuesday July 23. Registration opens at 6.30pm. The panel discussion will then get underway at 7.00pm. The meeting is expected to finish at 8.30pm. 

These consultations will contribute to an updated Climate Action Plan 2020. 

Minister Richard Bruton said: “I am looking forward to Tuesday’s discussion. The transformation that is required will require every community in the country to make changes and take on the challenge.” 

Actions at national level:  

  • A new micro-generation scheme will allow homeowners to generate their own electricity and sell what they don't use back to the grid; 
  • A transition towards electric vehicles with nearly 1,000,000 targeted to be on the roads by 2030, bringing lower day to day running costs for people. Plans include a nationwide system of chargers to combat 'range anxiety' 
  • A nationwide programme of home retrofitting, making people's homes warmer and more efficient with cheaper energy costs 
  • An expanded network of cycling paths and 'park and ride' facilities 
  • A move to 70% renewable electricity by 2030. Currently only 30% comes from renewable sources.  
  • The elimination of non-recyclable plastic. Higher fees will be imposed on the production of materials which are difficult to recycle. Measures will be implemented to ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds  
  • New sustainable opportunities for family farms.  

     

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