National Mitigation Plan ‘welcome, but limited’ – Stanley
Speaking after the launch of the National Mitigation Plan, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said sectoral specific targets and a true diversification in our renewable energy sources is key to reducing our emissions.
The Laois TD said:
“We need to be conscious of the emissions from certain specific parts of the economy. I have argued for some time for binding sectoral targets in terms of emissions across various industries.
“Reference in terms of biomass is welcome, but we are currently importing biomass which, in itself, has a large carbon foot print.
“The government outline that the State will meet its renewable energy targets for 2020. Considering a gap presently of 14.7% this is optimistic on behalf of the government.
“Onshore wind is seen in the report as a ‘Key’ part of our electricity generation. We have one offshore wind farm in the State and considering the potential of offshore we are pathetic in terms of development.
“In terms of transport, the vision is limited. The Plan aims to maintain the current supports for electric vehicles and recommends reducing speed limits on our motorways to reduce carbon emissions.
“Alongside the effect on our environment, we are facing fines because of our inability to meet our 2020 targets. The SEAI estimate this as €65 to €130 million for every percentage point we are below our target for our renewable energy target. To make the change, we need solid processes to follow and binding targets.”