The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underlines the urgent need to bring forward legislation to address this issue. He said that he had called on the Minister to do so since a Bill was promised in the Programme for Government but that three years later the heads of a Bill have not yet been published.
Deputy Stanley said:
“The UN report emphasises the urgent need for this country to address the problem of climate change. I have made the point several times that recent severe weather and its consequences here have proven that climate change is an actuality. The current government promised to address this three years ago by means of a Climate Change Bill but we have not even seen the heads of a Bill to date.
“That is despite the fact that the All-party Oireachtas Environment Committee has itself put forward detailed proposals as to what the legislation might contain. Sinn Féin believes that we need to set targets in the legislation otherwise it will remain merely aspirational. We also as a country need to be looking at how we will address the possible consequences of further severe weather and the implications which the Report claims even the current level of damage caused by CO2 emissions may have in the near future.”