Climate Change

Climate change refers to the phenomenon that is causing the earth to become warmer which means that our climate and our weather systems are changing. Today, the earth is hotter than it has been in two thousand years:

•        1990s was the warmest decade

•        1998 was the warmest year

•        Snow cover is down 10% in the last 40 years

Climate change has been a feature of our planet since it formed over 4 billion years ago. There have been many causes of climate change in the past – Meteorite strikes, volcanic explosions, changes in the earths orbit.


What causes Climate Change?

What is a tonne of CO2?

Greenhouse effect – we still need it

Impacts of Climate Change

International Agreements

National Climate Change Strategy 2007-2012

Role of Local Authorities within the National Climate Change Strategy

Offaly Climate Change Strategy


Tips for reducing your carbon footprint at work & at home can be found on

Remember saving energy also saves you money!

Climate Change Adaptation & Energy Efficiency Strategy

Offaly County Council are commencing the process of making a Climate Change Adaptation and Energy Efficiency Strategy. This strategy is the start of adaptation planning in Offaly and takes steps in growing reliance to climate change and its impacts in our homes, communities and work/business environments. 

As part of the process of making this strategy we are looking for your input. We want you to be part of this process and invite you to make a submission on:

  • How weather events have affected your lives, your property, your community
  • Measure to improve Energy Efficiency
  • Suggested actions to help alleviate the negative impacts of weather events
  • Ways in which we can capitalize and make positive effects of climate change.

 You can make your submission here to  on or before Friday 8th December 2017.