Tuesday 31 July 2007

Major public awareness campaign on climate change

Mr John Gormley T.D, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has announced that he is inviting tenders for the design and delivery of a major new Climate Change Communications and Public Awareness Campaign.

The contract will be awarded for an initial two-year period and may be extended up to an additional three years.

"Climate change is happening and its causes are clear - greenhouse gases from human activity. Our response must be equally clear - we must act decisively to reduce these emissions. This Government will deliver on Ireland's Kyoto Protocol commitments and will prepare Ireland for the further emissions reductions that lie ahead. It is clear to me that Irish people want to play their part in tackling climate change and this awareness campaign will help them to do just that" - Minister Gormley said.

The overall objective of the campaign will be to measurably improve public understanding of climate change, its causes and implications. It will support the actions required to meet Ireland's emissions target under the Kyoto Protocol and further emissions reduction targets that are anticipated. Many of these actions are detailed in the National Climate Change Strategy 2007-2012 and in the Agreed Programme for Government.

All relevant sectors and activities will be addressed in the campaign - including energy, transport, agriculture, residential, the public sector and business.

A notice inviting expressions of interest in the contract has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and on the e-tenders website - Click Here

The closing date for applications is 20th August 2007.

A short-list will be drawn up inviting a selection of applicants to submit complete tenders under the second stage of the procurement process. It is anticipated that the campaign will be formally launched in November.

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