18th December

Ireland criticised for insufficient climate policy

Ireland is failing to address climate change and is likely to miss its EU 2020 target 'by a wide margin' according to the European Commission's Country Report Ireland 2015.

Reacting to the report, Ciara Kirrane, coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition of 28 civil society oganisations, says the fact that Ireland is "off track" is not news to anyone observing our climate performance.

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"But the criticisms should be a wake-up call to Minister Kelly and the government," she said.

The "damning statement" that 'No progress was made in identifying how Ireland commits itself to meeting its existing binding climate and energy targets for the period up to 2020 in an integrated way', should be an "embarrassment" to government, she added.

"Clearly EU targets have not provided enough of an impetus for Ireland to make the necessary emisisons reductions. This is why Stop Climate Chaos, and others, have been calling for the inclusion of a national long-term emissions reduction target in the Climate Bill."

The report comes just as the Second Stage reading of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 resumes in the Dáil, a Bill that both Fine Gael and Labour TDs have criticised, she said.

"Minister Kelly needs to listen to the concerns raised by his colleagues about this Bill, both in the Dáil and by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht in their comprehensive 2013 report. Only three of their ten recommendations have been acted upon."

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