The Future?

Living sustainably is all about looking into the future. The little things we do in our homes, our schools and our community probably won't have a major impact on our lives, but future generations will benefit from our efforts.

Preserving energy, water and biodiversity means that our children's children will be able to enjoy the same planet as we are. The most important thing to remember is that the future starts with YOU.

Resource use is at an unsustainable level in Ireland and in Europe. In the end, most of the products become waste, which then needs to be managed for recycling and disposal. This is an unsustainable trend and it is up to us to make changes in our lives to curb this link. We need to consume less through our lifestyle choices.

The future is local. Local ideas and local initiatives can all drive a sustainable existence for you, your family and your community.

Government Policy

In 2012 the National Climate Change Adaptation Framework was launched, providing a strategic policy focus to ensure adaptation measures are taken across different sectors and levels of government to reduce Ireland's vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change. This was bolstered by the Climate Change Bill 2013, whose aim is to ensure that the State's net carbon account for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline. Further support comes from the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015, whose purpose is to pursue the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by the year 2050.

Our Sustainable Future is Ireland’s sustainable development framework which charts out challenges ahead and proposes 70 measures across key sectors to promote a more sustainable Ireland. The 2015 Progress Report  is the latest update on the progress of these measures

Most recently, the National Climate Action Plan sets out the current state of play with regards to progress in carbon emission reductions across different key sectors while outlining a course towards ambitious decarbonisation goals that will support the achievement of meeting national climate targets.

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