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The National Climate Action Plan 2023: What Accountants Need to Know

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm IST

Climate Action Plan


The latest iteration of the Climate Action Plan was published in December 2023 and garnered significant attention. What are its implications for the business sector? This Masterclass will provide an overview of the background, context and key elements of CAP23. It will discuss how businesses can play their part in contributing to the achievement of Ireland’s legally binding greenhouse gas reduction targets.


This course will be delivered via Zoom 13 April 2023 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the day before the course is due to take place.

Who should attend

Accountants in practice and industry, across all sectors, who want to gain a broad overview of the Climate Action Plan and broader climate policy landscape in Ireland.

Course overview

  • The legislative framework: The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Acts 2015-2021
  • The evolving governance framework for climate action in Ireland at national and local level
  • The Climate Action Plan 2023: Key elements and commitments
  • The role of the business sector in delivering on the ambition of CAP23
  • Implications of the sectoral carbon budgets for business
  • What role accountants can play in climate action
  • Key short and medium-term recommendations for Irish business

Key learning Outcomes

  • Explain where the Climate Action Plan came from and the requirements on government in drafting each annualiteration of the CAP
  • Explain the key aspects and features of the Climate Action Plan 2023 including the sectoral carbon budgets
  • Understand how businesses can contribute to climate action in Ireland
  • Feel empowered to play a role in their own organisations to drive climate action


Dr. Diarmuid Torney – Dr. Diarmuid Torney is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. His research focuses on climate change politics, policy, and governance. He is co-director of the DCU Centre for Climate and Society and programme chair of DCU’s MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society. He is a lead author on Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment, commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency and due for publication later this year.

Dr. Aideen O’Dochartaigh – Dr. Aideen O’Dochartaigh is an expert in sustainability accounting and ESG disclosure. She is Assistant Professor in Accounting at DCU Business School and Programme Director of the Masters in International Accounting and Business. Her research is interdisciplinary in nature and incorporates sustainability reporting practice and regulation, environmental management, sustainability networks and carbon budgeting. She has been published in leading international academic and professional journals.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding this or any other CPD course or requirements, please feel free to contact the team here or call us at (+353) 01 523 3930


April 13
9:30 am - 12:30 pm IST
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Chartered Accountants Ireland
+353 1 637 7200
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