{meta} Agenda for Special Council Meeting on Tuesday 17th May, 2022, 6.15 pm

Agenda and minutes

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


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At the City Council meeting on 10th January 2022 the following motion in the name of Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland was agreed: "Dublin City Council commends the cross cutting climate action lens permeating all aspects of our Development Plan 2022 - 2028 and recognises the imperative of realising and indeed surpassing the climate mitigating and climate adaptation objectives of our DCC Climate Action Plan. To support full oversight of the realisation of our climate action objectives and actions Dublin City Council agrees to the scheduling of annual special meeting of the full Council to review progress of our Climate Action Plan." pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The following themes will form the basis of the discussion:


           Update on Achieving Climate Action Plan Targets

           Greening of the City and the Biodiversity Strategy

           Delivering a District Heating Scheme

Additional documents:


The following presentations were given to members on the themes agreed for this meeting:


Climate Change Action Plan Update: Journey to 2030 and beyond 

   Sabrina Dekker, Climate Action Co-Ordinator

• Greening of the City and the Biodiversity Strategy – Les Moore, Head of Parks

   Biodiversity and Landscape Services & Lorraine Bull, Biodiversity Officer

• Dublin District Heating Scheme - James Nolan, Senior Executive Officer  


A copy of these presentations can be found in Appendix A attached to these minutes.


After each presentation, the Lord Mayor invited speakers from all parties to contribute to the debate.



The following motions were proposed at the end of the meeting:


Motion No. 1


Motion in the name of Cllrs Declan Meenagh Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, Deputy Lord Mayor Joe Costello, Mary Freehill and Dermot Lacey


“That Dublin City Council

      Declares that we are in a climate and bio-diversity emergency

      Believes that the EU can’t continue to buy fossil fuels from Russia in light of their recent war crimes in Ukraine.

      Believes that in light of the emergency that local government needs to be empowered to take radical action to tackle climate change.

·         As such we agree that:

      Dublin City Council will draw up and publish a plan to promote community engagement throughout the City; this plan to include the establishment of one-stop shops to provide information and advice on climate action at local level and to assist in securing grants and other funding for local climate initiatives.

      The Climate Action SPC and the Protocol Committee consider joining the European Green City Accord. We note this accord focuses on 5 areas of importance to climate change: Air quality, Water, Nature/ Biodiversity, Waste/Circular Economy and noise, things we are already working on.

      CODEMA and the EU Projects Office to provide an update on the implications and opportunities for the city of the new REPowerEU 2030 policy and other EU climate opportunities.

      Commends the work of CODEMA in delivering solar on DCC buildings and agrees to a radical increase in rooftop solar on our social houses.  We note a recent CODEMA report which says there is the potential for 10.5 MWh in solar from DCC housing stock. We believe that this power could be used for household use, EV charging and could be sold to the grid to help fund the instillation of the solar power. We believe DCC tenants should benefit from free electricity generated by these panels”


It was proposed by Cllr. Dermot Lacey and seconded by Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland that the motion be referred to the Climate Change, Environment and Energy SPC for consideration.   The motion was put and carried.



Motion No. 2


Motion in the name of Councillors Daithí Doolan, Míchéal MacDonncha, Anthony Connaghan, Janice Boylan, Séamas McGrattan, Daniel Céitinn, Máire Devine.


“This City Council commends An tArd Mhéara for calling tonight’s important meeting on Climate Change.


That this Council fully recognises the challenges posed by Climate Change. We are committed to a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.