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Ireland’s long-awaited draft strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was launched on March 15 2017 by the state’s first Minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten T.D. In this IIEA policy brief we ask if there is enough in this plan to set Ireland on a low carbon development pathway over the coming decade.

The brief first considers the impacts of recent governance and institutional reorganisation for climate policy. It evaluates the implications of a carbon budget framework, introduced in the draft plan, and identifies three possible approaches for meeting this carbon budget constraint (Fig. 1).

Mitigaton Plan Assessment fig1

The brief also assesses cross-cutting measures proposed in the plan, and concludes with a review of policy developments in the four key sectors: power generation; buildings; transport and agriculture. Areas for future policy attention are identified.


The full brief is available to download here.


Stakeholders can respond to the draft plan here.