Kilkenny County Council demonstrates leadership on climate action

Kilkenny County Council is inviting the public to give their views on the Draft Kilkenny County Council Climate Action Plan. This Plan outlines the actions that Kilkenny County Council will take over the next five years to address climate action.

The Plan sets out the measures that Kilkenny County Council will take across its own services, operations and assets, in particular how the Council will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the risks of climate change. It supports the national climate objective which seeks to achieve the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy by 2050. It is a is a roadmap for how Kilkenny County Council will respond to the challenges, meet our climate obligations, and deepen our commitment to climate action.

The Plan also details how the Council will, through its functions, demonstrate leadership, advocate for and support other stakeholders in the County to address climate change.

The Draft Kilkenny County Council Climate Action Plan (2024–2029) is on public display until Wednesday, 20th December 2023. Members of the public are invited to make submissions and observations on the Draft Plan, which was presented at the October Plenary meeting of Kilkenny County Council. Speaking about the Plan, Cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Doyle said ‘’Kilkenny County Council have a huge task ahead in relation to our own climate action plan, for example, retrofitting of our own housing stock, our transport, our local authority buildings. They all need significant investment to get them to a more sustainable level, but I’m confident working with communities, the staff and Elected members Kilkenny County Council can achieve their targets and help Kilkenny become a better place for everybody to live and work.’’

According to Lar Power, Chief Executive, Kilkenny County Council, “We are committed to supporting the transition to a climate resilient, sustainable and low carbon economy. We don’t underestimate the challenge ahead, but are optimistic that by working together, with the support of staff, Elected Representatives and stakeholders in the County that we can realise the ambition in this Plan”.

A public webinar, hosted by Kilkenny Public Participation Network, will be held on Wednesday, 22nd November at 19:00. The Kilkenny County Council Climate Action team will be available to answer any questions from the public at the following locations: Ferrybank Library (Tuesday 21st November, 10:30 – 13:00), Castlecomer Library (Wednesday 22nd November, 10:30 – 13:00) and Kilkenny City Library (Thursday 23rd November, 10:30-13:00). All are invited.

Full details of the Draft Climate Action Plan, including information on how to make a submission are available to view on and the Kilkenny County Council website. The Draft Plan and documents are available to inspect at Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, Lower John Street, Co. Kilkenny, R95 A39T. For further information email or call 056-7794350.


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