The purpose of this brief paper is twofold. It will provide an overview of the concept of “green budgeting”, explain why the Irish Government has committed to the concept, the expected outcomes it is hoped that the initiative will lead to and how the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will lead Ireland’s interactions with the OECD Paris collaborative on Green Budgeting.
The paper will also explain the development of the table of climate-related expenditure adopted in the 2019 Revised Estimates Volume. It will set out the definition used to determine which elements of Government expenditure are considered to be climate related and will consider how the identification of climate-related expenditure will be developed over time.
The paper can be viewed here.
As part of the Budget process, a number of analytical papers have been completed by IGEES staff and were published alongside Budget 2019. These include the latest papers completed as part of the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) series. In addition, a number of papers have been published under the Prevention and Early Intervention Unit’s Focused Policy Assessment Series. This series of descriptive reports is intended to provide the evidential base for a later thematic consideration of prevention and early interventions in Ireland.
These papers can be found here.
The Public Spending Code is the set of rules and procedures that apply to ensure that standards are upheld across the Irish public service in relation to public expenditure and can be found here. The Code includes guidelines for the completion of economic appraisal including central technical appraisal parameters. The following research papers, which focus on assessing the appropriate valuation and application of the parameters, have been completed by IGEES staff in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The IGEES Unit in DPER has completed a paper on the Discount Rate, the Time Horizon, the Shadow Price of Public Funds and the Shadow Price of Labour. The Climate Change Unit in DPER have completed a paper on the Shadow Price of Carbon.
Papers relating to this topic can be found here
The papers for the 2018 Spending Review were pubished on Thursday 19th July by the Mininster for Finance and Public Expedniture and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. A number of the topic papers were undertaken, or supported, by IGEES staff based across the various Government departments and as such, the papers prepared for the Spending Review cover a wide range of policy areas and account for a significant proportion of current expenditure.
All of the 2018 Spending Review papers can be found here