Ireland is the first country in Europe to put in place an independent planning regulator, reflecting a determination to learn from past lessons and to establish new mechanisms that effectively implement public policies, which have developed in recent years.
Through collaboration with four Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs), all local authorities have successfully completed the preparation and formally endorsed their Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy/Action Plans. Now a series of training programmes aims to equip people of all ages with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan for climate action in their local communities.
Meath County Council has been one of the first local authorities in Ireland to adopt its own Climate Action Strategy, following a united decision taken by the council and elected members in 2016 to focus on the opportunities which climate change may bring.
Mayo’s PEL Waste Reduction Equipment - a recent Irish Times Innovation Award winner for its solar-powered compacting litter bin - has rolled out its SolarStreetBin™ to a number of councils and municipal districts both at home and abroad.
Having scooped €100,000 plus additional supports on winning Kilkenny’s Energy Town competition, the county’s small town of Callan is leading the way in this inaugural landmark sustainable and renewable energy initiative, which the organisers hope could catch on not just in Ireland but has the potential to be replicated globally.
A new Local Government Climate Charter, developed by the County and City Management Association (CCMA) in consultation with the local government sector, contains a range of objectives to address the climate challenge.
Focus Housing Association was the Overall Winner of the ICSH Allianz Community Housing Awards 2019 for the rapid delivery of its permanent housing project on John’s Lane West in Dublin 8. And in the opinion of the judging panel, the development has the huge potential to be replicated throughout the country.
An independent report, commissioned by Clúid Housing and the Housing Agency, highlights a range of issues specifically relating to Owners’ Management Companies (OMCs) and the need to examine the state of sustainable apartment living for Ireland, sooner rather than later, writes Fiona Dunkin, Housing Policy Adviser, Clúid Housing.1
A discussion document on Brexit, published by the Association of Irish Local Government, outlines the ways in which the local government sector in Ireland could respond to issues arising from Brexit, and highlights potential consequences to the sector.
Limerick has been awarded a substantial grant in the biggest EU Research and Innovation Funding programme – Horizon 2020 – for a smart city and community project worth €6.5m to the Treaty City.
Discussions focused on the future roles for EU regions and cities in developing a greener, more socially integrated and connected Europe, during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels in October. The event also saw the official launch in Belgium of Galway 2020’s programme of cultural events for the year ahead.