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According to the Irish Times, the Government is seeking the public’s views on how best to decarbonise Ireland beyond 2030 that are in line with its commitment to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Questions include, how to transform the economy and retrofit as many buildings as possible to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and make them energy efficient within the next 30 years. It will examine the potential implications of the deployment of innovative technologies and of facilitating alternative choices for consumers. It will also consider investment costs and socio-economic factors, including impacts on citizens and communities and the need to support a just transition according to the consultation document. 

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment website has published the long-term strategy plan and can be accessed here. According to the website, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open and transparent manner. This public consultation includes 26 specific questions, seeking responses and ideas to inform Ireland’s long-term strategy to 2050. The website advises that any person or organisation can make a representation in relation to the consultation. These representations will be considered before the final version of the Strategy is published.

The purpose of this public consultation is to inform the development of Ireland’s Long-Term Strategy. Views are invited from interested parties and the deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday 16 December 2019.

For full details, check out the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment website here.