Sustainability

 

2020
Month

#
Total Flights

Combined carbon total in kg

Combined Carbon offset
cost €

Jan

103

26781.96

€696.33

Feb

99

20733.28

€539.07

Mar

41

14564.08

€378.67

Apr

0

0.00

€0.00

May

1

62.50

€1.63

Jun

1

86.90

€2.26

Jul

3

890.60

€23.16

Aug

8

1255.64

€32.65

Sep

1

62.20

€1.62

Oct

4

1239.10

€32.22

Nov

15

4570.10

€118.82

Dec

8

4554.00

€118.40

Total

284

74800.36

€1,944.81

Carbon offsets, 2020

 

Under DPER circular DPE 019-001-2020, beginning in 2020, the Department of Justice is required to record the carbon emissions associated with all official flights made within a calendar year, and to pay a corresponding amount into the Climate Action Fund, based on the prevailing rate of carbon tax (€26 per tonne in 2020).  The Department has made the required payment for 2020.

The number of flights, combined carbon total and resulting carbon offset for the Department, for 2020, is shown in our chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy

The Department of Justice and Equality is committed to achieving a reduction in energy use of 33% (over a 2009 baseline) by the end of 2020.  The Department actively participates in the Optimising Power @ Work programme, administered by the Office of Public Works. Monitoring and reporting of energy used is conducted in cooperation with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. 

The Department completes its reporting obligation to the SEAI by May every year, for the previous calendar year.  The resulting report becomes available each November.  The Department’s most recent scorecard for reduction in energy use is presented hereunder:

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Scorecards for previous years are available in the Department’s annual reports.

 

Resource Efficiency Action Plan

The Government Decision S180/20/10/0434C of 3 January 2019, on the topic of  Single Use Plastics, Prevention of Waste and Green Public Procurement, instructed that each public body must report to its respective Minister, by end-November 2019, on the measures it is taking to minimise waste

generation and to maximise recycling.  The Decision also instructed departments to eliminate single-use plastic beverage cups, cutlery and drinking straws from end January, 2019.

This Decision also included an instruction to Government Departments to publish a Resource Efficiency Action Plan (REAP) for their headquarter buildings. A REAP is the output arising from an on-site assessment or audit of how an organisation uses its energy, water and waste resources.  This exercise allows for the proper benchmarking of data relating to these three areas.

An Energy Managers’ Forum was also established for Facilities and Accommodation Managers with day-to-day responsibility for energy use, recycling, waste disposal and other environmental considerations.  Within the Department of Justice and Equality itself, a Green Team has been established, drawing its membership from across various grades and business units, with the aim of advancing the sustainability agenda through awareness campaigns, events, and actions.

The Department has completed a REAP for its Head Office at 51 Saint Stephen’s Green, and plans to extend this to other buildings in its portfolio in 2020.

Resource Efficiency Action Plan

Report on measures taken to min waste and max recycling

 

Contact us

The Department’s Green Team can be contacted at greenteam@justice.ie, and our Energy Team can be contacted at facilities@justice.ie