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Waterford : Ireland’s first Carbon Neutral City

Our mission in Waterford City & County Council is to make Waterford a carbon neutral city and the best possible place for all its’ people as well as for those that wish to live, visit, work or invest here.

In April 2021, Waterford City and County Council agreed that Waterford City would be a designated Decarbonising Zone (DZ), an area chosen to act as a test bed for a range of climate mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity measures that will assist in the delivery of the National Climate Objective of a 51% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to a 2018 baseline. In 2022, the ‘Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality 2040’ was compiled to achieve this goal.

As of March 2024, the Waterford City & County Council Climate Action Plan has overtaken the Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality 2040, and the goals of the Roadmap are overtaken by the goals of the Climate Action Plan.

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Updates Relating to the Waterford City Decarbonising Zone

Waterford City will be Ireland’s first low-carbon city, providing both residents and businesses with sustainable, innovative solutions when it comes to energy efficiency, renewable energy, transport and the effective use of resources to eliminate waste. While reducing emissions, Waterford City will also adapt to a changing climate using nature-based solutions that increase green space and promote biodiversity in the city.