Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021

This is a new law that sets a target for Ireland to be a climate resilient and climate neutral economy by 2050.  We call this the ‘National 2050 Climate Objective’. It requires Government to set a series of carbon budgets and it gives a new role to the Climate Change Advisory Council to help develop these budgets.

It also sets out the processes for how we develop our climate plans and policies to help us meet our climate objectives. For example, the Climate Action Plan must be updated each year.

(See Carbon Budgets and Climate Action Plan)

You can read more about this new law at


Related Terms



Carbon budgets

Cap and trade system

Carbon credits

Carbon neutral

Carbon tax

Circular economy


Climate change

Climate Action Delivery Board

Climate Action Fund

Climate Action Plan

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021

Climate Change Advisory Council

Climate neutral economy

Climate resilience


Effort Sharing Regulation

Effort Sharing Legislation

Effort Sharing Decision

Electricity interconnector

Emissions projections

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EU Emissions Trading System (ETS)

European Green Deal

Green economy

Greenhouse Gas Emissions / GHGs

Global warming potential (GWP)

LULUCF / Land use, land-use change and forestry


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

National Energy and Climate Plan

National Retrofit Plan

Net zero emissions

NZEB ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’

Paris Agreement

Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS)

Renewable energy

Sectoral Adaptation Plans

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)