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Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030

Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030

The local government sector in Ireland is uniquely positioned to provide robust leadership in climate action and to create a climate resilient, vibrant and sustainable country.
 
Local Authorities are at the front line of climate adaptation and mitigation, community engagement, sustainable development and emergency planning. As a consequence, local government is identified as key to delivering on Ireland's national Climate Action Plan 2019 and each Local Authority has expressed their commitment to driving and leading this change by signing a Local Authority Climate Action Charter.

Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030

Local Authorities have for considerable time been taking a range of actions across all functions and services to tackle climate change and have unique capabilities that Ireland needs to deliver on a wide range of climate policy objectives, as outlined in 'A Profile of Local Government Climate Actions in Ireland (2020)'.
 
The CAROs are helping coordinate and support local authorities to leverage the reach and resources of the sector to address climate change across Ireland. The sector has a breadth of technical expertise, experience and networks to develop and deliver compelling strategies and solutions for low carbon towns, cities and regions. These capabilities will also underpin climate adaptation to ensure our places are more resilient to climate change and to identify innovative opportunities and possibilities to reimage our cities and counties that better serve our communities into the future.
 
To build on these capabilities, and to deliver on the ambition of the Climate Action Charter, the County and City Managers Association (CCMA) have developed a strategy for delivering on the Climate Action Charter and Climate Action Plan - Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030.
 
The Strategy was developed on foot of work carried out by staff in the four CAROs and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) on behalf of, and in consultation with, the County and City Management Association’s Environment Climate Change and Emergency Planning (CCMA ECCEP) Committee and the National Local Authority Climate Action Steering Group.
 
Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030 provides the sectoral Vision and Mission that will help to build on the existing expertise and experience within Local Authorities and coordinate future work to maximise the leadership role and impact on climate action locally, regionally and nationally.
 

The vision of local government is to levearge the capability, reach and resources of local authorites to effectively address climate change across Ireland.

'Delivering Effective Climate Action 2030', provides a roadmap with solid objectives for local authorities to work towards maximising their collective impact on Ireland's national climate targets.
 

Over the lifetime of this strategy to 2030, the mission of the sector is to deliver transformative change and measurable impacts on climate change across our cities and counties and within our own organisations

In order to deliver on this vision and mission, local authorities have committed to an ambitious set of shared Strategic Goals and Key Objectives
 
These shared strategic goals and key objectives build on the ambition local authoriteis have to address the climate challenge in their actions and to advocate for climate action and behavioral change among citizens contained in the Local Authority Climate Action Charter. The CAROs will help coordinate and support local authorities in delivering the Strategy.