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Climate Action Training for Local Authorities


Date: 31 Mar 2021

The Local Authority Climate Action Training Programme has been developed in response to Action 150 of the Climate Action Plan 2019.

The Programme is based on tailored training for all staff members and elected members and includes provision for specialised training for climate action officers and planners. In addition to CARO, a range of training partners and contributors have been involved both in the preparation of content and the delivery of training. This includes the Local Authority National Services Training Group who will be in contact with all staff through Council Training Officers.
Elements of the programme had originally been envisaged as in-person training and has moved to an on-line learning platform in accordance with health protection guidance.

To date, Climate Action Leadership training has been delivered in Sligo, Longford, Wicklow, Offaly and Roscommon and will be rolled out to all remaining counties between now and early 2022. The online Climate Action Awareness programme has been made available to all Grade 6 and Grade7 & equivalents in each county.

An extensive 6 half-day interactive online programme for members of Climate Action Teams has also commenced for the Midland counties (Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon) and this will also be rolled out to all other counties over the coming 18 months or so.

Other training in areas such as Climate Change and Spatial Planning and Green Procurement is also being developed by CARO and the LASNTG and will be launched in due course.

According to Alan Dunney, Regional Coordinator of the Eastern Midlands CARO who have led the design and roll out of the Training Programme “the rolling-out of this training programme to local authority staff is a demonstration of positive collaborative climate action.  The training of all 27,000 staff and 949 elected members across 31 local authorities will empower staff to be advocates for climate action both within their organisations and the wider communities in which they serve”.

For more information please contact your local training officer or the LASNTG at or visit the Training section of the website.