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Climate Action Plan

This is Government’s annual plan that sets out how we will meet our climate commitments and reach EU and international climate targets. The Climate Action Plan 2019 sets out 183 actions and more than 600 individual measures aimed at tackling climate change. Reports are published each quarter, and they show the progress we are making.

The next Climate Action Plan will be published later in 2021, and it will take into account Ireland’s new and more ambitious climate targets.

You can read more about the Climate Action Plan and Progress Reports at

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Climate Action Delivery Board
This is a group of secretaries general of government departments who are responsible for ‘actions’ under the Climate Action Plan. It monitors how well these actions are being achieved and it reports on progress to Government.

These progress reports are published every three months, and you can read them online at:

European Green Deal
This plan is a roadmap for making the EU’s economy environmentally sustainable. It outlines the actions and targets needed to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. The Green Deal was published by the EU Commission in December 2019.

You can find out more about the European Green Deal at

Sectoral Adaptation Plans
These plans are prepared by government departments for sectors like agriculture, transport, and health to help ensure we are prepared for the impacts of climate change.

Example: The Biodiversity Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan identifies the risks of climate change for biodiversity in Ireland and how the sector can prepare.

You can read the Sectoral Adaptation Plans at

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