The All of Government Climate Action Plan, 2019 sets out an ambitious whole-of-society approach designed to enable Ireland to meet its EU targets of reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, and thereafter to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Action 165 of the Plan sets Local Authorities the challenge of initially identifying and developing one Decarbonising Zone in each local authority in Ireland (Reference briefing paper in 'Materials' section). A Decarbonising Zone (DZ) is defined as a spatial area in which a range of climate mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity measures and action owners are identified to address local low carbon energy, greenhouse gas emissions and climate needs to contribute to national climate action targets.
The Decarbonisation Zone shall be either (i) an urban area or agglomeration with a population not less than 5000 persons, or (ii) a rural area with an area of not less than 4km2.
The area selected will provide Kildare County Council with a very important test-bed which will allow the council to:
- understand the scale of the challenge in decarbonising the economy and wider society, and
map out the various key stakeholders and enablers.
The practical experience and knowledge gained from this initial demonstrator project will accelerate learning in the county and inform future decarbonisation at a replicable scale.
Submissions / Observations:
In progressing this objective, the council is really interested in ascertaining the views of local community groups, particularly in relation to the selection of a pilot area or town.
Kildare County Council is inviting submissions from interested community groups to inform the decision-making process for the selection of a candidate decarbonising zone.
The following items or headings should be considered in any submission which will be no longer than 3 A4 pages in length:
•Public & civic buildings
•Green spaces & biodiversity
•Land & environmental value
•Community & social infrastructure
•Renewable energy infrastructure
•High energy users
All submissions received will be reviewed by the council and will inform the decision.