As Ireland’s principal public service media organisation, RTÉ plays a trusted and vital role in informing our audiences about the key issues which concern us and in shaping national debate. Climate change is one of these issues, now more than ever. Given the urgency in addressing climate change, we in RTÉ are mindful of the need to do more, to be a positive influence, not just within our own industry, but also across the public sector and across Irish society as a whole.
RTÉ has been working hard in recent years to increase energy efficiency in our operations, make more sustainable programmes and produce a rich mix of engaging and informative climate change-themed programming and content across our television, radio and online services, with a particular focus on younger audiences. Over the past two years, in particular, we’ve seen some significant results.
In 2021 RTÉ became the first broadcaster in Ireland and the UK to achieve the international ISO 50001 certification for energy management. This important achievement provides recognition of RTÉ’s efforts to successfully integrate energy management into our overall operations and drive greater efficiency.
The publication of ‘RTÉ on Climate’ below is intended to outline how RTÉ will continue to contribute to national climate action goals and targets in terms of energy and emission reductions; increasing public understanding of the need for climate action and mitigation actions; transition to more environmentally sustainable production models and work practices, and its governance and oversight arrangements of same.