Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Regulations 2021

Jurisdiction: Republic of Ireland

Commencement: 12th October 2021

Amends: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015

Mini Summary

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 provides details on approval plans made by the Government in relation to climate change for the purpose of pursuing the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy. This Act establishes a body to be known as the Climate Change Advisory Council.

This Act will not affect existing or future obligations of the State under the law of the European Union (including Directive 2001/42/EC, Council Directive 92/43/EEC, Directive 2003/87/EC and Decision No. 406/2009/EC), existing or future obligations of the State under any international agreement, any Act or instrument that gives effect to any such obligation or existing or future entitlements of the State or any person under the said law, agreement, Act or instrument.



These Regulations specify that the carbon budgets, referred to in the Duties section above, (commencing on 1st January 2021 and ending on 31st December 2025, and future budgets thereafter), must take into account emissions from the greenhouse gases specified in the CRF*.

*The CRF is the common reporting format tables provided annually by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the United Nations under UN reporting guidelines. The CRF are amended by the EPA and published on the EPA website.

The way in which emissions should be calculated and accounted for, is specified in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting guidelines on annual inventories for Parties.


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