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Kildare County Council - committed to leading on climate action.

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Your Council working for You, on Climate Action. #LAClimateAction

Kildare County Council - committed to leading on climate action.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The launch of the report A Profile of Local Government Climate Actions in Ireland, today, features the wide range of climate actions undertaken in the period 2011-2018 by the local authority sector.
From today until Friday evening we’ll be showing how #YourCouncil is joining with other local authorities to lead in the response.

Please follow our social media channels and #LAClimateAction this week to find out more about what we have done and what we have planned.  

Kildare County Council has been proactive in many areas. 

Climate Adaptation Strategy
We have been at the forefront in responding to the extreme weather events that are the effect of climate change and have developed a Climate Change Adaptation strategy to ensure we build our resilience and preparedness.  The Adaptation Plan, entitled ‘Climate Resilient Kildare’ was formally adopted by the elected members in September 2019 and contains over 100 actions intended to direct the Council to adapting the nature and scope of its services in light of the over-riding climate action priority.
You can read our strategy here

Climate Charter
Kildare County Council, along with all local authorities has also signed a Climate Action Charter setting our ambition for the future.  Read the charter here.

EU Covenant of Mayors
In addition, the Council is a signatory to the European Union's 'Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy'. Covenant signatories must develop plans to ensure decarbonising new activities, pursuing sustainable development and building climate resilience into every aspect of the work we do. More information is available at: https://www.covenantofmayors.eu/en

Backing our Plans – Delivering for Kildare and the Local Authority Sector
Climate Action Regional Office                                        

Kildare Co. Council, in partnership with Kilkenny Co. Council, are hosting the Eastern and Midlands Climate Action Regional Office (CARO), one of 4 CAROs established nationwide in 2018.  The Eastern & Midlands region is the largest of the 4 regions and includes 17 local authorities in counties: Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Longford, Meath, Roscommon, Westmeath, Kildare, Offaly, Laois, Wicklow, Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford.
The initial priority of the CAROs was to assist each constituent local authority to prepare a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

These strategies, now adopted by each local authority, will influence the delivery of key functions of local government, as they seek to reduce their vulnerabilities and the risks from climate change impacts, increasing the resilience of their operations and within the communities they serve.  The CARO will continue to drive climate action at a regional and local level, to ensure the sector makes its contribution to the national objective of transitioning to a low carbon climate resilient society.

Kildare County Council – Backing change for the better.
The Council has revised its policy making structures to create a dedicated Climate Action Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).  SPCs form a vital role in developing long term policies and comprise Elected Members, sectoral interests and representatives of the social partners.

Building our capacity to change.
In November 2019, as part of its annual budget, Kildare County Council announced significant financial backing to implement essential climate actions.

To assist in progressing our Climate Actions the Council will recruit a Climate Action Awareness Officer and an Energy Efficiency Officer, together with funding of €50,000 to enable actions to be progressed.

Across the organisation we will expend approximately €3.2m directly on climate action related activities from our Revenue Budget in 2020, with a further €143m (33%) over 3 years on climate action related projects in the Council’s Capital Programme.

To ready the organisation to meet the significant challenges which are already upon us. Kildare County Council will deliver an ambitious and comprehensive training programme during 2020 to ensure all its staff are equipped to play their part in meeting climate change challenges.
This is part of a wider sectoral climate action training programme for over 28,000 employees across the local authority sector.
Please follow our social media channels and #LAClimateAction this week.
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