The NDCA is a programme initiated by the Irish government. It is led by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) with secretariat support from the EPA.
The role of the NDCA is to actively engage stakeholders and the public with climate action across Ireland. This can be achieved by enabling and empowering people at a local and national level.
The objectives of the NDCA are set out by the Irish government’s Climate Action Plan. The NDCA facilitates citizen engagement to increase awareness of climate change based on evidence.
The NDCA has three main objectives with regards to public engagement and deliberation:
The current objectives for the NDCA are outlined in:
The EPA aims to encourage engagement in climate action across all levels of society. As part of its role in encouraging awareness and engagement on climate change, the EPA delivers the following work items:
|The Climate Change Lecture Series||Delivers lectures on a range of climate related topics every year. Please visit the link to view a catalogue of previous lectures from 2017 to present. The Climate Change Lecture Series is an element of the NDCA.|
|The Annual National Climate Change Conference||Facilitates and encourages discussion on topics related to climate change. Please visit the link to view a catalogue of previous conferences and talks from 2017 to present. The Climate Conference is an element of the NDCA.|
The EPA provides secretariat and administrative support to help organise The National Climate Stakeholder Forum, held twice annually by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. The forum aims to host deliberative discussions on the opportunities and challenges of Ireland's transition to carbon neutrality.
|The 1st National Climate Stakeholder Forum (NCSF)||The first NCSF was held in Dublin Castle on the 22nd of March 2022.|
|The 2nd National Climate Stakeholder Forum (NCSF)||The second NCSF was held in the Aviva stadium on the 27th of July 2022.|
|The 3rd National Climate Stakeholder Forum (NCSF)||The third NCSF was held in the Aviva stadium on the 10th of May 2023.|
|The 4th National Climate Stakeholder Forum (NCSF)||The fourth NCSF was held in the Convention Centre, Dublin on the 6th of November 2023.|
Below are projects and work items facilitated by DECC as part of the activities of the NDCA.
NDCA reports are available on the Government of Ireland website.
For more climate related resources, please visit the ‘Climate Change & You’ section of the EPA website