Climate & Environment

Cabinet adopts climate-friendly memos as part of action plan

Under new rules, individual departments must assess the potential carbon impact when drafting important government memoranda

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tanaiste Micheal Martin. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/

All memos brought to cabinet now have to be proofed against their climate impact, under new procedures formally approved by the government.

As part of the Climate Action Plan, an overhaul of the way the government integrates climate considerations into its work has been promised. When the cabinet meets every week, memoranda on important government business are drafted by individual departments for consideration and ultimate approval by government. This, in many cases, is how policy ...