At the Institute for International and European Affairs, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD, launched Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020.
Minister Naughten has lead responsibility for promoting and overseeing the coherent implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on a whole-of-Government basis.
The National Implementation Plan demonstrates Ireland’s ongoing commitment to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides for a whole-of-government approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
The Plan sets out an ambitious vision for how Ireland will fully achieve the SDG’s at home by 2030 and support their implementation around the world, particularly through the work of our development cooperation programme, Irish Aid.
The Republic of Ireland is currently developing a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) which will be designed to assist Ireland in meeting its renewable energy contribution to EU-wide targets out to 2030.
The design of the new scheme has included an extensive independent economic appraisal which compared the cost of supporting a range of commercial renewable technologies, including solar PV, anaerobic digestion, wind energy at various scales including small and micro-generation, to ensure that the new scheme delivers value for money for energy users whilst also delivering on the energy pillars of sustainability and security of supply.
The assessment also included analysis of the optimum financial support mechanisms for renewable technologies, in line with the 2014 European Union State Aid guidelines.