Louth County Council Draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Introduction

Louth County Council has prepared a draft Local Authority Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in accordance with the provisions of The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 and the National Adaptation Framework (NAF), 2018.

Climate change is recognised as the major challenge facing us at both National and International level with policy responses required in terms of both mitigating the causes of climate change and also in adapting to the inevitable consequences of our changing climate. The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy represents a proactive step by Louth County Council in the process of adaptation planning to build resilience and respond effectively to the threats posed by climate change. Whilst Louth County Council is continually working to mitigate against the causes of climate change by striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this adaption strategy is primarily concerned with increasing Louth County Council’s resilience in adapting to the impacts of climate change and associated extreme weather events.

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy considers the impacts of recent severe weather events experienced in the county and likely to face in the future and proposes a range of actions to be delivered at County Level to allow the council to adapt better to such events in the future.  The strategy will further strengthen Louth County Council’s ability to be climate resilient in our day to day operations and in our dealings and interactions with all stakeholders

 

Purpose of the Strategy:

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy takes on the role as the primary instrument at local level to:

  1. ensure a proper comprehension of the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change
  2. bring forward the implementation of climate resilient actions in a planned and proactive manner and,
  3. ensure that climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all plans and policies and integrated into all operations and functions of Louth County Council. 

 

Environmental Reports:

Accompanying the draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is:

 

  1. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Report in accordance with the SEA Directive (DIR 2001/42/EC) and pursuant to European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (SI 435 of 2004 as amended by SI 200 of 2011) and,
  2. An Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening Report in accordance with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive (Directive 92/43/EEC).

 

Making a Submission:

Submissions or observations may be made:

  • by e-mail to climatechange@louthcoco.ie or
  • in writing to David Hanratty, Senior Engineer, Environmental Compliance Section, Louth County Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth. A91 KHW6.

Submissions or observations should state your name, address and where relevant the organisation/body etc. represented. Please make your submission by one medium only i.e. post/hard copy or by email

Any written submissions or observations received within the timeframe will be taken into consideration before the making of the strategy. You are invited to make written submissions/ observations in respect of the draft strategy and the accompanying SEA and AA screening reports.

Closing date for receipt of submissions is midnight on Friday 28th June 2019.

The draft climate change adaption strategy and accompanying reports can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Display Details:

A copy of the draft strategy, SEA and AA screening reports may be viewed on the County Council’s website:  www.louthcoco.ie or inspected during the period from Wednesday 29th May 2019 to Friday 28th June 2019 at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Louth County Council, County Hall, Millennium Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth A91 KHW6
  • Louth County Council, Town Hall, Crowe Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth  A91 W20C
  • Louth County Council, Civic Offices, Fair Street, ,Drogheda, Co. Louth  A92 P440
  • Louth County Council, Mid Louth Civic Services Centre, Fairgreen, Ardee, Co. Louth A92 RYT2
  • Ardee Library, Market Square, Ardee, A92 XH22
  • Dundalk Library, Dundalk Roden Place Dundalk, A91 RC44
  • Drogheda Library, Stockwell Lane, Drogheda, A92 PY20
  • Carlingford Library, Teac Cuirte, Newry Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth, A91 N226.
  • Dunleer Library, Dunleer Station Road, A92 W322 

 

The adaptation strategy, SEA screening report and AA screening report may also be viewed on the Government Public Consultations Portal at https://gov.ie/consultations

Data Protection:  

Please note that all submissions may be available for public viewing during the period of making the strategy. Louth County Council will treat all personal data as confidential and will retain data for no longer than is necessary for the purpose of this Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and in accordance with the Council’s Retention Policy and relevant Data Protection legislation.