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) and DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) in London; and with our colleagues in the Devolved Administrations of Scotland and Wales.
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.
In February 2011, the Executive approved a Northern Ireland Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Action Plan. (1MB) This was delivered by a Cross-Departmental Working Group Chaired by the Environment Minister. It examined relevant policies, projecting how NI emissions will look in 2025.
One of the actions identified in the Action Plan was for the Cross Departmental Working Group on Climate Change to provide annual reassurance to the Executive that appropriate progress is being made in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions and preparing for the impacts of climate change. In May 2012, the Cross Departmental Working Group on Climate Change - Annual Report - May 2012 (257 KB) was presented to Executive Ministers.
WHAT WE DO
The Unit supports the Minister in policy issues such as:
WHAT OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS DO
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
Tel.: (028) 90 254 781.