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24th May 2018 | Climate Change, Press Releases

New EU report lays bare Government inaction on climate change

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A new European Commission report ‘lays bare Government inaction on climate change’, says Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD.

The European Commission today published its Country Report Ireland 2018, which is highly critical of Ireland’s failure to put in place emission reduction policies and decarbonise Irish society.

The report says:

Existing climate change mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve its Europe 2020 climate goals domestically. Only limited progress has been achieved in decarbonising key parts of the economy, mainly in agriculture, road transport and the residential sector. This will make it necessary for Ireland to use available flexibilities to comply with the Effort Sharing Decision, such as buying allocations from other Member States. National projections highlight the scale of additional efforts needed: emissions under the Effort Sharing Decision (setting binding annual greenhouse gas emission targets for Member States for 2013-2020) are expected to increase up to 2025, before stabilising at a level slightly below 2005 emissions, on the basis of existing policies. Ireland recently adopted a National Mitigation Plan laying out a roadmap towards a low-carbon economy and a coherent framework to tackle persisting challenges in the energy sector. As it stands, however, the plan offers few specific new mitigation measures.

Ireland is failing to make any progress in decarbonising the economy and is being left behind in the climate transition.

Reacting to the report, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD commented: “Ireland is failing to make any progress in decarbonising the economy and is being left behind in the climate transition. The European Commission is warning us of the extent to which we are failing and of the costs which this non-compliance will impose on our economy. This report lays bare the inaction from Government on climate change. Ireland is facing hundreds of millions in fines for missing emission reduction and renewable energy targets. I cannot fathom how the Government cannot see that investing now will be so beneficial for the country.”

This report lays bare the inaction from Government on climate change. Ireland is facing hundreds of millions in fines for missing emission reduction and renewable energy targets.

The European Commission report can be found here.