The first of three public consultation sessions on Northern Ireland's Carbon Budget will be held this Thursday, 31 August.
Organised by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the in person and online events will provide an opportunity for people to have their say on how they think we should tackle the threats presented by climate change.
The findings will then set an agreed carbon budget and targets and will help inform Northern Ireland's first Climate Action Plan.
Details of the public consultation events are:
1. Derry/Londonderry, 31 August 2023, 2pm - 4.30pm, Foyle Valley Railway Museum & North West Learning Disability Centre, 1 Foyle Road, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6SQ.
2. Belfast, 05 September 2023, 2pm - 4.30pm, Belfast City Hall, BT1 5GS.
3. Online, 07 September 2023, 7pm - 8.30pm.
In June, DAERA launched NI's first ever consultation on Carbon Budgets for 2023-2027, 2028-2032 and 2033-2037 as well as the interim targets that should be set for 2030 and 2040 for reductions in greenhouse gases. A carbon budget sets the maximum amount of greenhouse gas emissions over a given period of time.
DAERA is also seeking views through the consultation on the UK Climate Change Committee (CCC), recommended Path to Net Zero for Northern Ireland and is keen to hear from individuals, businesses, communities, and other organisations from across Northern Ireland.
The 16-week consultation runs until 11 October 2023 and can be accessed on the DAERA website.