18th December 2020 | Climate Change, Environment, Press Releases

Greens welcome strong cross-party consensus on climate in committee report


The Green Party have welcomed the publication of the Oireachtas committee pre-legislative scrutiny report on the government’s Climate Bill, noting that strong cross-party consensus now exists for an ambitious framework to reduce Ireland’s climate emissions.

“Climate Change is not solely a concern of the Green Party or indeed this government. We need strong consensus for climate ambition across all parties if we are to undertake the necessary multi-decade process to achieve our target of net zero emissions by 2050. As a party we have always recognised the vital need to bring others along with us and I’m delighted that there is such support across parties for strengthening the bill”, noted Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly, a member of the Committee.

Green Party TD for Limerick City, Brian Leddin, who chaired the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action added: “I’m grateful to the TDs and Senators who sit on the committee for the significant amount of time and energy they put into the drafting of the report. This bill deals with the framework under which we will achieve our climate ambition, and the committee have agreed some key ways to strengthen that framework, after hearing from a range of expert witnesses.”

The report published today marks the end of the pre-legislative scrutiny process. Minister Eamon Ryan will consider the report and bring a revised bill to Cabinet early in the New Year.

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action’s report contains key recommendations on how the bill can be improved, including strengthening the language used to state our commitments on climate action and mechanisms to ensure that carbon budgets are adhered to.