Climate Change report fails to tackle targets
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has welcomed the publication of the Report on the Heads of the Climate Change Bill by the Environment Committee but said, “the report fails to tackle the important issue of carbon emission targets.”
Speaking at the launch in Leinster House today, Deputy Stanley said:
“Sinn Féin has been to the fore in ensuring the development of a climate change Bill which included carbon emission targets. It was clear from the 600 submissions made to the Environment Committee that the issue of climate change can no longer be postponed or differed.
“Today’s report is an important step in the process of developing a climate change Bill. But unfortunately the report has side stepped the crucial issue of carbon emission targets. The forthcoming Climate Action & Low Carbon Development Bill must aim cut our carbon emissions in line with EU and international agreements. That is 20% cut by 2020 and 80% cut by 2050 based on 1990 emissions.
“If the Bill is robust enough it can be the cornerstone for Ireland's low carbon, sustainable economic growth. It will give much needed certainty for industry and potential investors, particularly in the development of the green economy
“Ireland’s agriculture industry needs to be taken into account. Farming is an essential part of our economy and mitigating factors including bogs, forests and grass land need to be taken into account. The sequesting benefits of these factors must not be understated or unstated.
“I would commend the report to the Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, and I hope it is read and acted on by his department.
“Our priority is to ensure that the Bill is brought before the Dáil as soon as possible and we will be campaigning to include targets as a central part of the Bill.”