Date: 14 Dec 2021
Annex of Actions published to support Climate Action Plan 2021
The Climate Action Plan 2021 was published on 4 November 2021 and provides a detailed plan for taking decisive action to achieve a 51% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and setting us on a path to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050, as committed to in the Programme for Government and set out in the Climate Act 2021.
The Plan lists the actions needed to deliver on our climate targets and sets indicative ranges of emissions reductions for each sector of the economy. It will be updated annually, including in 2022, to ensure alignment with our legally binding economy-wide carbon budgets and sectoral ceilings.
On the 14th December the Government published a detailed Annex of Actions to support the delivery of Climate Action Plan 2021 and will be used to drive continued delivery of climate action across all Government Departments and bodies. It formally replaces the Interim Annex of Actions published earlier in 2021, and will be subject to the same process of monitoring and reporting.
The focus on implementation and delivery will be underpinned by the following:
- The Climate Action Delivery Board will ensure that each department and public body is held to account for the delivery of actions set out in the Climate Action Plan. The Board will also review key strategic projects and areas of work.
- The Cabinet Committee on Environment and Climate Change, supported by the associated Senior Officials Group, will be central to climate policy formulation and implementation on a whole-of government basis
- A delivery report will be provided to the Cabinet Committee on Environment and Climate Change and the Cabinet each quarter, ahead of its publication.
- The reporting process will be streamlined, to distinguish between key actions that deliver significant emissions abatement, and supporting actions. This will allow for greater transparency on progress towards decarbonisation.
A short inforgrahic booklet of the Climate Action Plan 2021 has also been produced by Government which can be viewed HERE.