Achieving sustainable development requires striking a balance between economic, social and environmental needs, by creating a resource-efficient economy and a fair and just society which stays within the ecological limits of the natural environment.
This is not an easy task and achieving it depends on local, national and international cooperation and the actions of citizens across all sectors of society. The Government of Ireland is committed to achieving this, both locally and globally, and is proud of its role in the development and adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity and applies to both developed and developing countries.
Government policy is also moving towards achieving a ‘circular economy’, where resources are re-used or recycled as much as possible and the generation of waste is minimised. The government’s focus on the bioeconomy, which is the production of renewable biological resources, will also help Ireland to transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon society.
ETBI and ETBs are engaging in initiatives such as the Take 1 Programme and Energy Management for ETBs in a move towards more sustainable development and protect the environment.