Minister Ryan launches public consultation on Ireland’s Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

·         Minister Ryan highlights ‘vital role’ of strategy in supporting a whole-of-economy and whole-of-society transformation

·         Strategy will be the first prepared under our Climate Act to enable Ireland to achieve climate neutrality by 2050


Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has launched a public consultation on Ireland’s current Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions.


Ireland’s current Strategy was published on 28th April 2023, following Government approval, and sets out indicative pathways beyond 2030 towards achieving climate neutrality for Ireland by 2050. It builds on the decarbonisation pathways set by the Carbon Budgets, Sectoral Emissions Ceilings and Climate Action Plan 2023, and identifies additional measures and policies that will drive deeper decarbonisation post-2030. It is underpinned by an analysis of transition options — across each key sector of the economy — and is informed by an extensive 2019 public consultation and cross-Departmental input.


In light of important climate policy developments since the 2019 consultation, a further public consultation is taking place to prepare an updated strategy by the end of this year (as committed to in the Annex of Actions that accompanied Climate Action Plan 2023). The updated Strategy will conform to the requirements of both EU and national law and as such, will be the first strategy for greenhouse gas emissions reduction to be prepared in line with our National Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015-2021. The updated Strategy will provide a vital link between Ireland’s 2030 climate targets and the long-term goal set by Ireland’s ‘National Climate Objective’ and the European Climate Law.


Commenting on the launch of the consultation on Ireland’s Long-term Strategy, Minister Ryan said:


“In line with the Paris Agreement (temperature) targets, we are committed to achieving a climate neutral economy by no later than 2050. This commitment has been established in Irish law, under our national Climate Act, which aligns with the EU climate law. Our Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions will map out the pathway over the next 30 years to reach climate neutrality.


“The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] issued a ‘final warning’ in March 2023 that, with global warming having already reached 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels, climate change is causing widespread and increasingly irreversible losses and damages. This warning was amplified this week with the latest World Meteorological Organisation report. We have a rapidly closing window of opportunity to maintain a liveable and sustainable future for all.


“Making the changes we have to will not be easy. However, I believe that Ireland can and will be good at taking climate action that protects us firstly from the impact of climate change already here, like flooding or extreme heat, and ensures that we can continue to thrive as an economy and as a society – making homes warmer and more efficient with new green energy sources, creating new jobs and ensuring that our agricultural sector is viable and sustainable for example.


“Citizen engagement must be at the centre of this. While the current strategy has been shaped by responses received to an extensive public consultation in 2019, in light of important climate policy developments since then I am launching a second, further public consultation as the basis for preparing an updated strategy.”


The current Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions reflects the enhanced ambition brought about by the 2020 Programme for Government. That enhanced ambition includes:

  • a legally-binding national 2050 climate neutrality target;
  • provision for a 51% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 2018 levels;
  • national Carbon Budgets and Sectoral Emissions Ceilings and an updated Climate Action Plan published in December 2022, which set out the policies, measures, and actions to achieve our climate targets.


The public consultation on the Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions is now open for submissions until 30th June 2023. Please see here for further information.



Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions


The Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions, which is to be updated every five years under our Climate Act, points to the long-term sectoral adjustments that will be needed by 2050 and beyond. Making these adjustments will allow Ireland to:


  • avoid costly investments in high-emissions technologies;
  • support a just and equitable transition;
  • promote technological innovation;
  • plan for new sustainable infrastructure in light of future climate risks; and
  • send early and predictable signals to investors about envisaged long-term societal changes.


Public Consultation


Views from interested parties on Ireland’s Long-term Strategy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions are requested by 5:30pm on Friday, 30th June 2023.


Feedback is sought on the following questions in particular:


  1. Following on from the 2019 consultation, is there anything new or incremental you think should be included in Ireland’s Long-term Strategy?
  2. Does the current Long-Term Strategy identify realistic emission reduction pathways beyond 2030, or are there alternative or complementary pathways worthy of further consideration?
  3. Noting that the transition to climate neutrality requires systemic change and that it is critical to consider the factors that may contribute to or hinder progress of such a transition, are there enabling conditions to support the transition that you think require greater focus, if so, what are they?
  4. Are there any other comments or observations that you wish to make regarding Ireland’s Long-term Strategy?


Submissions should be marked ‘Ireland’s Long-term Strategy for GHG Emissions Reductions’ and can either be emailed to or sent in hard copy to:


Ireland’s Long-term Strategy for GHG Emissions Reductions

Room 3.01, Air Quality, EU, International and SDGs Division

Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

29-31 Adelaide Road

Dublin 2, D02 X285


Climate Action Plan 2023


Climate Action Plan 2023, launched in December 2022, is the second annual update to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan 2019. This plan is the first to be prepared under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, and following the introduction of economy-wide carbon budgets and sectoral emissions ceilings. Implementation of the Climate Action Plan will create jobs, new economic opportunities and protect people and the planet. You can view Climate Action Plan 2023 and its annex of actions at

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