Portlaoise: Ireland’s First Low Carbon Town Centre
2017 to ‘2040 & Beyond : Vision Strategy Portlaoise’
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a town that is powered by renewable energy, has zero emissions , and promotes green living? Well, you don’t have to look far, because Portlaoise is on its way to becoming Ireland’s first low-carbon town centre!
Portlaoise is a town in County Laois, located in the heart of Ireland. It has a population of about 25,000 people and is the county’s administrative and commercial center. Portlaoise is also a town with a vision: to transform itself into a low-carbon town center that will serve as a model for other towns and cities in Ireland and beyond.
Conceived in 2017, this vision plan was first identified in 2019 as the demonstrator town in Portlaoise, Ireland, in Action 165 of the Irish Climate Action Plan, a national strategy to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This action committed to 'Developing Portlaoise as a Low Carbon City Centre' and provided funding and support to implement the vision strategy.
Here are some of the related actions undertaken in Portlaoise:
- Carbon Footprint Study.
- Retrofitting of 2,500 existing streetlights in Portlaoise with energy-saving LED Lighting.
- Increased the town’s solar-powered compactor litter bins from 30 to 50.
- Added 6 new EV charging points at county hall.
- Fitted 20 EV chargers at the new Mobility Hub at Portlaoise Railway Station.