Mayo County Council Climate Action Plan
Climate change has become one of the most pressing global public policy challenges facing governments today. International organisations, national and local governments are increasingly compelled to take ambitious action through mitigation (decreasing emissions that cause climate change) and adaptation (enhancing resilience to climate change impacts and risks).
Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act (2021) Ireland is now on a legally binding path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade. The act requires local authorities to prepare a Local Authority Climate Action Plan (LACAP) to meet national emission reductions targets and develop resilience to the impacts of climate change.
On the 24th February 2023 the Minister instructed local authorities to prepare climate action plans and under the legislation the authorities must adopt a plan within 12 months. The LACAP must include both adaption and mitigation measures.
Mayo County Council will use its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in planning how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across its own assets and infrastructure, whilst also taking on a broader role to influence, facilitate and co-ordinate the climate actions of communities and other stakeholders and what it will do to advocate for climate action in County Mayo.
Pre- Draft Consultation
Mayo County Council invited pre-draft input from all sectors of society to co-create our LA-CAP, to help to shape appropriate actions that will facilitate and enable effective climate action at a local and community level. A report on the results of the Pre-Draft enagaement can be viewed at the link below.
Mayo County Council has published a Baseline Emissions Inventory Report, which gives a picture of the current emissions in the county and examines how the climate in County Mayo has changed in recent decades. A Risk Assessment report has also been published, which shows the risks the impacts of future climate change may cause for the county. To view each of the documents please click on the links below:
Climate Jargon Buster (PDF)