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Climate Change

In Northern Ireland, DOE takes a lead on the climate change agenda through our Climate Change Unit. We work closely with DECC (Department for Energy and Climate Change)Opens in a new window. and DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)Opens in a new window. in London; and with our colleagues in the Devolved Administrations of Scotland Opens in a new window. and WalesOpens in a new window..


All government Departments bear a collective responsibility in achieving the Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme for Government target to continue to work towards a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 35% on 1990 levels by 2025. DOE’s contribution to this is principally provided through its Climate Change Unit based in Goodwood House, Belfast.


The Unit supports the Minister in policy issues such as:

  • Taking forward relevant Northern Ireland climate change legislation;
  • Developing and delivering arrangements to support the UK Climate Change Act 2008 including links with other UK administrations and the independent Committee on Climate Change;
  • Developing and delivering the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme;
  • The monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland through inventories. The latest figures can be viewed in the NI Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2012 (323KB) PDF Document. Opens in a new window.Opens in a new window.;
  • Chairing the work of the Cross Departmental Working Group;
  • Climate change adaptation policy including development of a Northern Ireland Adaptation Programme, and;
  • Input to EU and UK policy developments.


All government Departments, not just DOE, play a role in greenhouse gas reductions and adapting to our changing climate. Due to this collective responsibility, DOE does not lead on all policies that touch on climate change. For example:


Further information on climate change responsibilities in Northern Ireland can be requested by contacting:

Climate Change Unit
Department of the Environment
Goodwood House
44 - 58 May Street
Town Parks
Belfast BT1 4NN

Tel.: (028) 90 254 781.


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