{meta} Agenda for Climate Action, Environment and Energy SPC on Wednesday 28th November, 2018, 2.30 pm


Venue: Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2.. View directions

Contact: Email: ciaran.mcgoldrick@dublincity.ie 

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Minutes of the meeting held on 26th September 2018 pdf icon PDF 409 KB


Matters Arising

Outstanding reports – Dublin Waste to Energy Limited


1.    Waste Categorisation Report

2.    Performance Demonstration Test Data Cell Definitions

3.    Report on not using emergency services for June incident


Correspondence - Robert Moss


PPN Linkage Group Correspondence for the Environment SPC Meeting scheduled for 28th of November 2018.


The PPN Environment Linkage Group met on the 30th of October 2018 and reviewed it’s SPC Reps report on the 26th of September.


While the PPN Environment Linkage Group approves of the Dublin City Council Herbicide Use Policy (item 8 within Environment SPC 26th of September Agenda) they note that this policy does not contain a specific goal to eliminate herbicide use, much less a date to achieve this.


The PPN Environment Linkage Group proposed the following motion:


That Herbicide use be discontinued by 2020 within all DCC Parks and gardens (with the sole exception of its treatment for invasive species).

This should be seen as a significant step in the city wide ban of herbicide use.


Other countries and cities that have banned the use of Glyphosate Herbicide already include:


• Belgium: In 2017, the Flemish government banned individual use of glyphosate and voted against reliciensing glyphosate in the EU. The country was one of six EU member states to sign a letter to the EU Commission calling for "an exit plan for glyphosate." 
• Bermuda: The island outlawed the private and commercial sale of all glyphosate-based herbicides.
• Colombia: In 2015, the country forbid the use of glyphosate to eliminate illegal plantations of coca, often used to make cocaine, due to concern that the herbicide causes cancer. However in 2017, the country reinstituted its controversial fumigation program. But instead of using aerial fumigation, glyphosate is now sprayed manually, from the ground.
• Netherlands: Dutch officials have banned all non-commercial use of glyphosate.
• Sri Lanka: In 2014, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa mandated an all-out ban on glyphosate, following a study linking Roundup to Fatal Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the second-leading cause of death among males in the country. Sri Lanka was the first country to issue a nationwide ban on glyphosate.
• El Salvador: Passed a law banning glyphosate, citing the same study linking fatal chronic kidney disease to Roundup.
• Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrainOman and the United Arab Emirates, have stoppedglyphosate use.
• France: President Emmanuel Macron announced in Novemenber 2017, an outright ban on glyphosate, to take effect "within three years."


(see: https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/germany-13-other-countries-say-no-glyphosate-what-about-us)


The PPN also notes that its motion on this matter (included below) was noted within the minutes of the Environment SPC Meeting for the 27th of June (12: A.O.B.) to be discussed at the 26th of September Meeting. This did not happen despite it being circulated as correspondence to members on the 7th of August. It is not included within correspondence (item 3 within the Environment SPC 26th of September Agenda).

The PPN Environment Linkage Group proposed that the following be included along with the above motion under correspondence within the SPC Meeting scheduled for 28th of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 3.


Chairperson's Business


Meeting Dates 2019 pdf icon PDF 304 KB


Dublin Bay Bathing Water Quality


Environment Protection Agency Presentation - Andy Fanning - Programme Manager, Water Programme

Presentation to follow


Irish Water Presentation - Michael Goss, Sean Laffey, Eamon Gallen pdf icon PDF 2 MB


An Taisce Presentation - Michael John O'Mahony

Presentation / Report to follow


Dublin City Council - Parks Services

Report / Presentation to follow


Dublin City Council Presentation (Water Services) - Gerry O'Connell, Senior Engineer, Dublin City Council pdf icon PDF 811 KB


Climate Change Action Plan Report - Céline Reilly pdf icon PDF 61 KB


Draft Climate Change Action Plan pdf icon PDF 17 MB


Dublin Waste to Energy update report - James Nolan pdf icon PDF 144 KB


Incidents and Non-Compliances pdf icon PDF 147 KB


Performance Demonstration Test Data Cell Definitions pdf icon PDF 59 KB


Q3 Environmental Report 2018 pdf icon PDF 8 MB


Response from Covanta to Query on June incident pdf icon PDF 21 KB


Dublin City Council Waste (Separation, Storage and Presentation of Household and Commercial Waste) Bye Laws 2018 report - Simon Brock pdf icon PDF 109 KB


Public Consultation Submissions pdf icon PDF 144 KB


Bye Laws pdf icon PDF 343 KB


Motion 1 in the name of Councillor Claire Byrne

'That this Strategic Policy Committee calls on Dublin City Council to introduce a ban on single use plastics for the following:

  • Cafes / tea rooms within DCC parks
  • Market Traders that DCC licence
  • All public events within the City

The ban should include non recyclable, biodegradable or compostable cutlery, kitchenware, coffee cups and plastic bottles.'



Motion 2 in the name of Councillor Claire Byrne

'That this Strategic Policy Committee calls on Dublin City Council to carry out a traffic assessment of large vehicles travelling to the Poolbeg Waste to Energy facility along the following streets - Bath Avenue, Londonbridge Road,  Irishtown Road and the Sean Moore Road. The assessment should include vehicle size, weight, and permit to access the facility'