Access to Information on the Environment
European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment Regulations) 2007 to 2014. (S.I No. 133 of 2007, S.I. No. 662 of 2011 & S.I. No. 615 of 2014)
The Access to information on the Environment (AIE) Regulations give you the right to access Environmental Information held by, or for, the Climate Change Advisory Council and other Public Authorities. A decision on your request must normally be made one month from the date of receipt of the request.
What can I ask for?
You can ask for Environmental Information held by, or for, the Climate Change Advisory Council. Environmental Information is defined in the AIE Regulations and determines what is available under the AIE Regulations.
How do I make an AIE request?
Write to the Climate Change Advisory Council Secretariat, McCumiskey House, Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 or email email@example.com. In your correspondence you should:
- state that your request is being made under the AIE Regulations
- provide your name, address and any other relevant contact details,
- state, in terms that are as specific as possible, the environmental information that is the subject of the request, and
- specify the form or manner of access desired.
Decision on a Request
Normally you will be notified of the decision on your request within 1 month of its receipt.
If I'm denied access to information, can I appeal against the decision?
Yes. You may ask the Climate Change Advisory Council for an internal review by a more senior officer. Your request should be made within one month of receipt of notification of the decision. The internal reviewer will inform you of the result of the review within one month. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you may ask the Commissioner for Environmental Information to review the matter. Your request for appeal must be made within one month of the date that notification of the internal review decision has been, or was required to be, notified to you.
Do I have to pay?
No fee is charged for the making of a request under the AIE Regulations. No fee is charged for the internal review process. Fees may be charged for the cost of supplying the information, including the staff costs associated with compiling, copying, printing and posting of the information. The charges will only relate to the supply of the information. Details of the charges, if any, will be advised in the final decision letter.
The charges are as follows:
- If an applicant requires hard copies there may be a fee of €0.04 per sheet depending on the volume of information contained in the request.
- A charge of €10.16 applies to the provision of information on CD-ROM
- It should be noted that fees in respect of supplying information, may be waived where the cost is estimated at less than €10.00
- Where requesters are in a position to view the required documents on site at the Office there will be no charge for accessing these records, however, this is separate to the charges noted above.
- Electronic access can be provided to requesters free of charge via email; however, this is separate to the charges noted above.
Further general information on the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 – 2011, including background information on the legislation, useful publications and links to other relevant bodies is available in the AIE section of the website of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/AccesstoInformationontheEnvironment/