Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015


F6[National climate objective

3. (1) The State shall, so as to reduce the extent of further global warming, pursue and achieve, by no later than the end of the year 2050, the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy (in this Act referred to as the "national climate objective").

(2) For the purpose of enabling the State to pursue and achieve the national climate objective, the Minister shall make and submit to the Government for approval—

(a) carbon budgets in accordance with sections 6B and 6D,

(b) a sectoral emissions ceiling in accordance with section 6C,

(c) a climate action plan in accordance with section 4,

(d) a national long term climate action strategy in accordance with section 4, and

(e) a national adaptation framework in accordance with section 5.

(3) The Minister and the Government shall carry out their respective functions under sections 4, 5, 6, 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D in a manner—

(a) that is consistent with the ultimate objective specified in Article 2 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change done at New York on 9 May 1992, and:

(i) any mitigation or adaptation commitments entered into by the European Union in response or otherwise in relation to that objective;

(ii) the steps specified in Articles 2 and 4(1) of the Agreement done at Paris on 12 December 2015 to achieve that objective, and

(b) which takes account of the most recent national greenhouse gas emissions inventory and projection of future greenhouse gas emissions, prepared by the Agency.

(4) The Minister shall consult with the Advisory Council for the purpose of the performance, by him or her, of his or her functions under sections 4, 5 and 6.

(5) The Government may consult with the Advisory Council for the purpose of the performance by them of their functions under sections 4 to 6D.]




Substituted (7.09.2021) by Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 (32/2021), s. 5, S.I. No. 468 of 2021.