The NFDA Northern Ireland Division has highlighted the crucial role that franchised dealers play in meeting Net Zero targets at a roundtable Climate Summit with NI’s Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.

Ahead of her attendance at COP26, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon held a roundtable Climate Summit meeting with a number of stakeholders to discuss the necessary actions needed to tackle the climate crisis in Northern Ireland.

Leaders from organisations such as the Belfast Climate Commission, Climate NI, Northern Ireland Local Government Association, and the Consumer Council attended the virtual meeting which focused on the actions that need to be taken to mitigate against the worst impacts of climate change. Attending the meeting, the NFDA NI Division welcomed the opportunity to highlight the crucial role that franchised dealers play in meeting Net Zero targets.

Speaking after the meeting, Nichola Mallon said: “Time is fast running out to address the climate crisis. We have all had enough of the talking, it is well beyond time for action. We need a local radical response through a climate action plan. I believe that this should be informed by an open discussion drawing on the experience and expertise of informed, local stakeholders who are critical partners in bringing about real and lasting change.

“[...]I wanted to hear what key actions our stakeholders believe that we need to take locally and specifically, what the Department for Infrastructure should prioritise across our key areas of responsibility: planning, water and transport”, she added.

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