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10th April 2018 | Climate Change, Environment, Press Releases

Greens call on Naughten to back more ambitious EU climate targets

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD today called on Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten to support increases in EU climate targets to match the targets set in the Paris Agreement.

The call comes as EU Environment Ministers meet in Bulgaria this week, with the Netherlands, France and Germany seeking more ambitious emissions reduction targets for 2030.

Speaking today, Deputy Ryan said: “As part of the Paris Agreement, all countries and the EU have promised to review their commitments to strengthen them.

“Unfortunately, as the Taoiseach has admitted, Ireland is a climate laggard. We are still waiting for Minister Naughten to bring forward adequate greenhouse gas reduction policies. But I am also concerned that Ireland is playing a negative role at EU level. Not only are we failing to take action ourselves, but our inaction is slowing the EU in its work to achieve the transition to a low carbon economy.

“EU Environment Ministers are meeting in Bulgaria this week to discuss the EU’s contribution to tackling climate change. Countries such as the Netherlands, France and Germany are saying that it is time for the EU to increase its targets. I’m calling on Minister Naughten to support a stronger EU commitment to reducing emissions, and to support EU targets in line with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping climate change well below 2°C and aiming for 1.5°C.  It is bad enough that we’re failing to meet our targets ourselves; we must not slow down the rest of the EU.”