Taking Action on Climate Change


Local authorities are at the forefront of climate action in Ireland. They help make the national climate goals and policies work at a local level to assist in the delivery of the national climate objectives. Cork City Council has put a specialised team in place to coordinate the development of its Climate Action Plan (CAP) and this team will be responsible for supporting its implementation and monitoring its impact.

Cork as an EU Mission City Cork is one of 100 cities selected from over 300 applicants to be part of the European Union’s (EU) Climate Neutral and Smart Cities mission.

The objective of Mission Cities is to achieve 100 climate-neutral and smart EU cities and to ensure these cities act as testbeds for innovation in climate action, enabling all European cities to follow suit by 2050. This new status places us at the heart of the urban sustainability agenda by giving us the opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners throughout Europe.

Five Themes

The specific climate actions in our CAP have been informed by baseline research and extensive stakeholder engagement. While the actions are climate-focused, they have many additional social, environmental, economic, and health benefits.

What the CAP means for Cork City

The CAP will put us on a path to achieving our vision of a climate neutral, resilient, just, healthy and thriving community.

The Community Climate Action Fund

Cork City Council is promoting real change through the Cork City Community Climate Action Fund. Funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), it will soon provide €860K to enable community organisations, local sporting groups, community gardens etc.to enact climate
action projects.