October 29, 2020
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C02 emissions in Waterford to be slashed by 40% over next decade

Waterford City and County Council has made a commitment to cut C02 emissions by 40% by 2030.

In his final acts as Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr John Pratt signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy on behalf of the Council.

This commitment to reducing CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 will be achieved by improved energy efficiency and greater use of renewable energy sources.

The adoption of the  Covenant of Mayors is the culmination of a process started by current Green Party TD Marc O’Cathasaigh, in his role as a councillor in October 2019. The Covenant of Mayors is line with the Council’s Climate Adaptation Strategy adopted in 2019.

In order to meet their mitigation and adaptation targets signatories to the Covenant of Mayors commit to preparing a Baseline Emission Inventory and a Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and submit a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan.

They also pledge to mainstreaming mitigation and adaptation considerations into relevant policies, strategies and plans.  Much of this work has already been completed as part of 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.

“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; reinforcing stakeholder engagement and cooperation,” Cllr Pratt concluded.

The Council will be required to report on the implementation of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan every two years.

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