Dublin European Green Capital 2022?

Dublin European Green Capital 2022?

in 2019 , now Dublin is not be in a position to apply for the European Green Capital 2022. Will we be in a better position next year to apply for 2023…?

Question to the Chief Executive Council Meeting 2nd September 2019
Q.39 COUNCILLOR SOPHIE NICOULLAUD
E&T To ask the Chief Executive if DCC will apply for the European Green Capital 2022
CRES organised by the European Commission and to include the reasons why DCC is applying or is not applying highlighting in both cases what would represent the biggest challenges in entering or not the competition.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S REPLY:
The City Council approved the Dublin City Council Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) at the May Council meeting. The final version of this Plan has 219 actions. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy has also published the Government Climate Change Plan. There are 183 main actions and a total of 417 sub actions in this Plan. Of these 417 sub actions, the Local Authorities are identified as either the lead or as a main stakeholder in 32 actions. However there are a further 45 sub-actions which are relevant to the Local Authorities and where the Local Authorities will have follow up work.

The City Council is also a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors, an agreement amongst specific Cities to be exemplar local authorities in reducing their energy use. The energy reduction target for the City Council was 33% by 2020 and the Council have already reached that target 2 years early.

This is by way of background to the level of work that is ongoing in relation to reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency, improving the resilience of the City and communicating with our citizens.

Therefore, with regard the application for the European Green Capital 2022 for which the submission deadline is the 14th October 2019 the following is the list of what is required to apply:

“The selection of a city awarded with the title of European Green Capital is assessed on the basis of twelve environmental indicators:

•Climate Change: Mitigation
•Climate Change: Adaptation
•Sustainable Urban Mobility
•Sustainable Land Use
•Nature and Biodiversity
•Air Quality
•Noise
•Waste
•Water
•Green Growth and Eco-innovation
•Energy Performance
•Governance

In the EGCA Application Form, cities are asked to provide information on their performance across the above 12 environmental indicator areas.
Specifically, the Application Form has 4 sections per indicator, as follows:

•Describe the present situation.
•Describe the measures implemented over the last five to ten years.
•Describe the short and long term objectives for the future and proposed approach to achieve these.
•List how the above information can be documented, add links where possible.•Describe the present situation.
•Describe the measures implemented over the last five to ten years.
•Describe the short and long term objectives for the future and proposed approach to achieve these.
•List how the above information can be documented, add links where possible.

Given the current commitments under the CCAP, the National Plan and the Covenant of Mayors, meeting the submission deadline for the European Green Capital 2022 would not be achievable. The City Council should however consider an application for the 2023 Capital as we will have advanced many of the actions at that stage and should be in a much better position to both apply and to be awarded the title.

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