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CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATIVE TIME-SCALE IRELAND


Written in Consultation: 09/20/12, 09:50:58 by jonathan  | Print article  | View all categories.
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CLIMATE CHANGE LEGISLATIVE TIME-SCALE IRELAND Update thanks to Kevin Humphreys TD

(01) 6183224
kevin.humphreys@oir.ie


1. Climate Change Bill included in Government Legislative Programme

You may be aware that the Government's legislative programme for the Autumn/Winter session was published on Tuesday 18th September and in Section G it lists the Climate Change Bill as one for which Heads of Bills are expected before the Environment Committee this year. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Government to legislating on this crucial issue.
http://taoiseach.gov.ie/eng/Taoiseach_and_Government/Government_Legislation_Programme/

2. Minister to attend Doha Climate Change Conference

During the Summer I wrote to the Minister on issues relevant to a Climate Change Bill, and in his reply he indicated that he would be attending the Doha Climate Change Conference in November 2012.  From the answer to my parliamentary question appended below you can also see that he will participate in the high level Ministerial segment in Doha and and that he will publish Heads of Bills by the end of the year.


3. Results of Public Consultation on Climate Change Policy Published

In a press release on 30th August the Minister announced the results of the public consultation on climate policy - there were a total of 623 responses comprising 614 completed questionnaires and 9 separate submissions. The results of this will feed into the independent analysis by the NESC secretariat on the development of national climate policy. It was reassuring to see such a strong interest from citizens right across Ireland, from every walk of life expressing their concerns on climate change and the need for a Bill.
http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Atmosphere/ClimateChange/ClimatePolicyReview2011/News/MainBody,31000,en.htm

4. Interim NESC Report to be published at end of month

The interim report of the NESC secretariat will be published at the end of September  and will then be discussed at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment of which I am a member. I look forward to a strong engagement with the report and a full debate on what a Climate Change Bill must include.

As outlined in the Climate Bill roadmap, drafting of the heads of bills will begin after this process once the Government has announced it's response to the NESC report.

The final report of the NESC secretariat will be submitted to the Department by end of this year. For your information I also append below the Climate Bill Roadmap published previously


Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have concerns that you wish to raise with me on climate change, or any other issue. During the autumn I will endeavour to publish regular updates on my website www.kevinhumphreys.ie. - a key word search for 'climate change' will highlight tagged articles of interest.

Kind regards,

Kevin

Kevin Humphreys TD

(01) 6183224
kevin.humphreys@oir.ie

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Question No. 1086

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he intends to attend the Doha Climate Change Conference in November 2012; if the heads of a climate change bill be published before the conference; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Kevin Humphreys.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 18th September, 2012. Ref Nos: 38207/12

REPLY
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. P. Hogan)


The 18th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012.  I plan to participate in the high-level Ministerial segment. As indicated in the Programme for development of national climate policy and legislation which I announced in January 2012, I intend to issue Heads of a Climate Bill by the end of this year.

National Climate Policy Programme for the development of national climate policy and legislation

2012

January      Independent analysis by NESC Secretariat, for the purpose of informing further development of national climate policy, to commence.
Early February      In parallel with the independent analysis by the NESC Secretariat, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to launch a structured, open, and inclusive consultation on national policy and legislation following on from the review issued the Minister on 3rd November 2011.
     The consultation process will run up to the end of April.
End June      NESC Secretariat to submit its interim report, which will focus on potential options for policies and measures to close the distance to Ireland’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target under Decision 406/2009/EC in the compliance period 2013-2020.
     Minister to make an overview analysis of the responses to the consultation available on line.
Quarter 3      Minister to release the interim report from NESC Secretariat; views to be sought from Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.
Quarter 4      Minister to –
     a) announce the Government response to the interim report from NESC Secretariat - and
b) issue heads of a climate Bill for consideration by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht and stakeholders, following Government approval.
     
End 2012      NESC Secretariat to submit its final report.



2013

February      Minister to release final report from NESC Secretariat.
March – June      Oireachtas Joint Committee to consider the NESC reports and Heads of climate bill, consulting with stakeholders as determined by the Committee.
End June      Oireachtas Joint Committee to report on national climate policy development and appropriate legislation.
Quarter 3/4      Having regard to –
     

   the National Climate Policy Review,
   the reports from the NESC Secretariat and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, and
   ongoing evolution of climate policy within EU level and at a wider-international level under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,

     Government to adopt a national policy position on transition to a low-carbon future, including appropriate institutional arrangements, and finalise the introduction of climate legislation.