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11th October 2018 | Climate Change, Press Releases, Regional Development

National Development Plan Not Fit for Purpose


Greens Call for National Development Plan to be Changed

At Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD criticised the Government’s National Development Plan as “not fit for purpose on climate action” and called on Government to change it.

“No Strategic Environmental Assessment was carried out for the Government’s National Development Plan – and most importantly, it didn’t provide any numbers for specific emissions reductions. The EPA predicts our emissions in 2035 will be higher than they are today, but the Government has presented a National Development Plan with no idea of the climate impact.

“The Government’s record on climate action is appalling, and their plans for the future are no better.

“According to Monday’s IPCC Report we have to act radically, and we have to act now. This Government needs to create a National Development Plan that is properly climate-proofed.”