CMETB seek to reduce emissions by half by 2030

Cavan Monaghan ETB has set itself a goal of significantly reducing emissions by 2030 as detailed in a new Climate Action Mandate published and presented to board members last week.

Speaking at the board’s meeting at Monaghan’s Garage Theatre last week, Karen McBride, Head of Corporate Services at the ETB, outlined four key areas on which the organisation would focus - targets, people, ways of working, and buildings and vehicles.

The aim is to reduce emissions by more than 50% by 2030 and simultaneously increase energy efficiency by almost the same percentage over the period.

It follows the publication of a national roadmap to 2030 and towards 2050.

The Department’s approach to the decarbonisation of the school sector is predicated on establishing a credible phased pathway towards achieving zero emissions.

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to draw up statistical target analysis, the ETB hopes to phase its reduction through initiatives such as making new builds more energy efficient, retrofitting, the establishment of Green Teams in schools, and be “project ready” for when funding comes available.

The initiative was supported by newly appointed chair PJ O’Hanlon and was proposed by board member Joe McGrath and Fianna Fáil’s Aine Smith.