Northern Ireland

United Kingdom

Joined the Under2 Coalition in 2021
Northern Ireland

Net zero government

State or regional governments publicly committed to achieving net zero emissions within their jurisdictions by 2050 or earlier

GDP: US$ 65.3 billion Population: 1.9 million

Member actions


Net zero target by 2050

Policies in Development

Target status:
Transitional plans:

Climate leadership showcase


Climate leadership showcase

The Northern Ireland Executives 'New Decade New Approach' which was published in January 2020 called on Northern Ireland to take action to tackle climate change head on through the development of a strategy and the progression of NI specific climate change legislation (previously only covered under the UK wide Climate Change Act 2008).

In line with those commitments Northern Ireland progressed the Climate Change Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 which received Royal Assent on 6th June 2022. The Act will now provide the legal basis to drive forward action to tackle climate change in Northern Ireland through placing a legal requirement on all Government Departments to exercise their functions in a way which contributes to emissions reductions.

Net Zero Consultation Plan: The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive have published a consultation on Northern Ireland’s 2030 & 2040 Emissions Reduction Targets & First Three Carbon Budgets & Seeking views on Climate Change Committee (CCC) Advice Report: The path to a Net Zero Northern Ireland and welcome the views of everyone across Northern Ireland.

To support delivery across all Departments a draft Green Growth Strategy has been developed which sets out 10 key commitments and a number of guiding principles.

The delivery of both the deliverables of the Act and Strategy are overseen by a Green Growth Strategic Oversight Group which is comprises of senior Official representatives from all Northern Ireland Government Departments. Additionally engagement with senior Council representatives and civil society is ongoing through a number of working groups such as the Green Growth Forum.