Climate Change Mitigation Strategy 2020-2030

Closed 17 May 2019

Opened 19 Mar 2019

Feedback updated 6 Sep 2019

We asked

The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) consulted on options for possible inclusion in a new climate change mitigation strategy for 2020-2030 and interim targets.

The Isle of Man is faced with an energy trilemma, of balancing energy security, affordability and minimising the impact on the environment.

The United Nations has stated that Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and that urgent action must be taken now.

As part of the consultation we asked for opinions on:

  • education and promotion of energy efficiency;
  • improving energy efficiency in buildings;
  • electrification of the heating and transport sectors;
  • planning for when existing fossil fuel power generation is decommissioned so it will be replaced with low emission and sustainable generation;
  • improve efficiency and sustainability in land use and the waste sector.

You said

We received 1,029 responses (96% from individuals).

  • 93% support change of public behaviour through long term awareness raising and initiatives;
  • 93% support new buildings being built to a “nearly zero emissions” standard;
  • 88% support a minimum energy efficiency standard when renting or selling properties;
  • 92% support community renewable energy;
  • 86% support installation of renewables before 2030s;
  • 95% support for grants and loans to invest in property energy efficiency;
  • 81% support Planning Permitted Development Orders for installation of air source heat pumps in non-conservation areas;
  • 80% support onshore wind generation in the Isle of Man;
  • 79% support free bus service;
  • 79% support the use of a Manx Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) energy efficiency rating for properties.
  • 77% support phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars – 16% against;
  • 62% support the introduction of a Climate Change Levy on new fossil fuel boilers – 26% against;
  • 59% support levy on fossil fuel heating – 28% against;
  • 47% support a supplement on road tax for all fossil fuel vehicles – 40% against;
  • 79% prepared to pay separate tax or levy for climate change – 16% unwilling to pay;
  • 49% would pay more than 2% of household income on energy efficiency – 10% would pay none.

Please see report for a more detailed analysis.

We did

We would like to thank those that took the time to answer the consultation online or in writing.

The Chief Minister has announced that a Climate Change Bill will be introduced in the next legislative year committing this government and future administrations to reach net-zero carbon emissions. Your consultation responses will be considered by the recently created Emergency Consultative Transformation Team to assist with producing a climate change action plan that will go to Tynwald in January 2020.

If the plan is approved by Tynwald, it will be used to assist in the drafting of the Climate Change Bill, and there will be a further consultation on the legislation and we would again welcome your feedback at that time. 

Results updated 7 Oct 2019



Tynwald agreed on a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy in 2016, outlining steps towards the 2050 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% compared to 1990 levels. Progress has been made since 2016 but much work is still to be done. We are now consulting on the options for possible inclusion in a new climate change mitigation strategy for 2020-2030 and interim targets.

Why your views matter

This is your opportunity to help Government make the right decisions to implement local solutions which deliver the climate change mitigation strategy.


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