Climate Action Plan

Climate change has become one of the most pressing global public policy challenges facing  governments today. International organisations, national and local governments are increasingly  compelled to take ambitious action through mitigation (decreasing emissions that cause climate change) and adaptation (enhancing resilience to climate change impacts and risks).

Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act (2021) requires local authorities to prepare a Local Authority Climate Action Plan (LACAP) to meet national emission reductions targets and develop resilience to the impacts of climate change.

On the 24th February 2023 the Minister instructed local authorities to prepare climate action plans and under the legislation the authorities must adopt a plan within 12 months. The LACAP must include both adaption and mitigation measures.

Cork County Council will use its Climate Action Plan (CAP) in planning how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from across its own assets and infrastructure, whilst also taking on a broader role to influence, facilitate and co-ordinate the climate actions of communities and other stakeholders and what it will do to advocate for climate action in County Cork.



The development of the Climate Action Plan will follow a number of stages as explained in the graphic below.

Stage 1

Build Base Evidence (2022 to April 2023)


  • County Baseline Emission Inventory (BEI)
  • Macroom Decarbonisation Zone (BEI)
  • Climate Change Risk Assessment
Public Consultation Pre Draft (April 2023 to May 2023)
  • Stakeholder engagement activities and report

Stage 2

Draft Climate Action Plan (June 2023 to September 2023)


  • Vision
  • Strategic Priorities
  • Actions
  • Key Performance Indicators
Public Consultation Draft Climate Action Plan (September 2023 to November 2023)
  • Submission collated and logged

Stage 3

Climate Action Plan Finalised (December 2023)
  • Address the submissions
  • Provide responses and recommendations
Climate Action Plan adopted by Council (January 2024)
  • Send documents to Elected Members
  • Adoption by resolution

Pre-Draft Public Consultation Stage

As of 24th April 2023, Cork County Council will be initiating the Pre-Draft Public Consultation stage of the Climate Action Plan. Click the 'Stage One' button below.