In one of his final acts City & County Mayor, Councillor John Pratt signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.
This commits the Council to reducing CO2 emissions within its administrative area by at least 40 per cent 2030 through improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources and increasing its resilience by adapting to the impacts of climate change.
This commitment followed the unanimous adoption of a motion proposed by then Councillor and new Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh in October of last year, in line with the Council’s Climate Adaptation Strategy.
In signing the Covenant, Cllr Pratt acknowledged that “local authorities are key drivers of the energy transition and fight against climate change at the level of governance closest to citizens and share the responsibility for climate action with regional and national government”.
He added: “Climate change mitigation and adaptation can bring multiple benefits to the environment, society and the economy. Tackled together they open up new opportunities to promote sustainable local development including building inclusive, climate resilient and energy efficient communities; enhancing the quality of life, stimulating investment and innovation, boosting the local economy and creating jobs and reinforcing stakeholder engagement and cooperation.”
The Council is now required to report on the implementation of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan every two years.