Press Statement by Hildegarde Naughton TD
Fine Gael, Galway West and South Mayo
Tuesday 29th October 2019
Galway City and County Councils today (Tuesday) signed a charter committing the local authorities to a series of sweeping environmental measures as part of the Government’s Climate Action Plan.
The move was welcomed by the chairperson of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee, local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton, who said the public sector must lead by example to protect the environment.
Galway’s local authorities were among 34 councils that signed the Climate Action Charter with Environment Minister Richard Bruton on Tuesday in a move that will see local government play a central role in combatting climate change.
“Getting the public sector to lead by example is a central pillar of our Climate Action Plan,” said Deputy Naughton.
“Everybody has a part to play in combatting climate change, but enormous responsibility rests on government to lead by example and oversee changes at policy level that can have a huge impact on our environment.
“Local authorities have key roles in areas such as housing, transport, planning and waste management; and it is therefore integral to get them on board in our efforts to change the way we interact with our environment,” she explained.
Under the charter, local authorities will put in place a process to carbon-proof major decisions, programmes and projects on a systematic basis, including investment in transport and energy infrastructure.
They have also committed to improving energy efficiency by 50 percent by 2030, and working with suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint. The charter also contains commitments regarding citizen engagement and local community initiatives.
“Our councils are uniquely placed to play a key leadership role in delivering effective and urgent climate action. The charter will ensure that all 34 of them will embed decarbonisation, sustainable development and climate resilience in everything they do,” said Deputy Naughton.