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Climate Change

In Northern Ireland, DOE takes lead responsibility on the climate change agenda through our Climate Change Unit. The Unit works 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 England; and with our colleagues in the Devolved Administrations, i.e. the Climate Change Division of the Scottish GovernmentOpens in a new window. and the Climate Change Division of the Welsh GovernmentOpens in a new window..

About us

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.

What we do

The Unit supports the Minister in policy issues by:

  • 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
  • Monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland through inventories. The latest figures can be viewed in the NI Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990-2012 (.pdf 323KB)Opens in a new window.
  • Chairing the work of the Cross Departmental Working Group
  • Developing and implementing climate change adaptation policy including development of a Northern Ireland Adaptation Programme
  • Providing input to EU and UK policy developments

Consultation on the Emissions Performance Standard Monitoring and Enforcement Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

On 16 September 2015 the Department issued a consultation on a draft statutory rule, the Emissions Performance Standard Monitoring and Enforcement Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015.

The Energy Act 2013 established an Emissions Performance Standard (EPS) limiting the carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel power stations. The draft Regulations will introduce monitoring and enforcement arrangements for the EPS in Northern Ireland. The intention is to have the statutory rule come into operation in January 2016.

The consultation document and the draft Regulations with details of how to reply to the consultation, and a list of consultees, may be viewed below. The consultation will close on Wednesday, 11 November 2015.

What other Government Departments do

All government Departments 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

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) 90 254 878.


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