The three local authorities of Wicklow, Meath, Kildare County Councils have come together to address their combined climate mitigation ambitions, with the setting up of the Mid East Energy Bureau. The Bureaus will support the three local authorities in the region to meet their 2030 Energy Efficiency and Carbon Emission Targets and to fulfil their exemplary role with respect to climate action. It is envisaged that the Bureau will accelerate the development of energy management systems in each local authority and enhance the investment required to achieve energy efficiency and carbon reduction in the region by 2030.
Welcoming the initiative and acknowledging the adoption by the Elected Members of the Budget 2022 which provides funding for this initiative, Cllr Rory O’Connor, Cathaoirleach of the Climate Action and Biodiversity Strategic Policy Committee stated ‘To have any real impact, Climate Action needs to be a whole of organisation effort, whether that organisation is a business or a public sector organisation. When a number of organisations come together in a region the potential to make significant change is greatly enhanced. It is hoped that the establishment of the Mid East Energy Bureau will provide a platform for the three constituent local authorities to work collaboratively to bring about measurable climate action mitigation in the region’.
The proposed Energy Bureau, with Wicklow as lead authority, will assist with the development of a culture of energy-saving and carbon reduction throughout each of the three local authorities and to provide strategic advice on a range of emerging national initiatives which include the new Climate Action Plans, Decarbonisation Zones and the National Circular Economy Programme.