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Increase target for reduction of CO2 emissions – Stanley

12 October, 2011 - by Brian Stanley TD


Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Environment Spokesperson Brian Stanley urged the Taoiseach to seek to raise the EU’s target on reducing CO2 emissions from 20% to a more ambitious 30%.

Deputy Stanley also said the Government should support and incentivise the use of tidal and wind energy with a view to exporting sustainable energy to the rest of Europe.

Deputy Stanley said:

“I would ask that the Government seeks to raise the EU´s target on reducing CO2 emissions from a 20% to a more ambitious level of a 30%

“Studies have shown that such a 10% increase in the target would reduce Europe’s yearly oil and gas imports by €40 billion whilst simultaneously encouraging a much-needed uptake in green technologies.

“A legally-binding 30% target would inevitably encourage the move to cleaner renewable energy and subsequently increase fuel security, a move that, given our natural assets, would benefit Ireland greatly.

“As a small Island nation we have a wealth of potential sources of renewal energy in tidal and wind power. EU studies have demonstrated that we have more potential for these forms of sustainable energy than most other EU states.

“We need to support and incentivise the use of such energy. Research has demonstrated that through wind power alone Ireland could become an exporter of sustainable energy to the rest of Europe. However we need to get the investment and infrastructure in place.

“This type of energy could be trapped and used for the benefit of our industry and our people.

“An Taoiseach, these changes would have an impact not only on our economy but on our natural environment.” ENDS

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