October 23, 2019
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More trees, warmer homes, less waste – Kilkenny signs up to new climate change charter

By COLIN BARTLEY

KILKENNY has made a commitment to work towards making itself a greener place to live in.

Work to plant more trees around the county, reduce home heating inefficiency, work to create less waste, develop greener transport solutions and create a sustainable flood management plan for all of Kilkenny are the stated aims of a new climate action plan agreed upon by Kilkenny County Council.

At yesterday’s monthly county council meeting the members agreed to implement a plan to make low-carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable county, by officially adopting a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the next five years.

The strategy out the following core objectives:

  1. Ensure that climate adaptation considerations are mainstreamed into all plans and policies and integrated into all operations and functions of Kilkenny County Council
  2. Ensure consideration and understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities of climate change in the county
  3. Implementation of climate resilient actions in a planned and proactive manner

The strategy contains a total of 95 individual actions under five adaptation action headings – Energy & Buildings, Flood Resilience, Resource Management, Transport, and Nature & Communities.

The strategy will implement numerous projects, such as providing home energy kits that facilitate energy efficiency in households, flood relief management plans for towns and villages that are impacted by flooding, and a tree-planting initiative across the county.

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