What is climate change?  “Climate change” means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

– United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Article 1

What are Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions targets? Ireland is one of 190 countries that signed up to the Paris Agreement that aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C and to limit the increase to 1.5°C.

Ireland has committed to a reduction in emissions of 51% by 2030 (compared to 2018 levels) and to being climate neutral no later than 2050. This means that the same amount of greenhouse gases that go into the atmosphere are matched by the removal of emissions from the atmosphere.

Who are the Climate Change Advisory Council? The Climate Change Advisory Council is an independent advisory body tasked with assessing and advising on how Ireland can achieve the transition to a climate-resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral economy.

The Council will work to provide contributions in critiquing, informing and shaping Ireland’s response to climate change.

Under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, the Council is tasked with producing an on-going work programme that provides continuous input to and assessment of national climate change initiatives.

These include the following: