Government needs to act immediately on Climate Change – Brian Stanley TD
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the Government needs to act immediately in response to the latest report on global climate change.
He was responding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which has painted a stark picture of the future unless urgent action is taken to reduce carbon emissions to zero by the end of the century.
Deputy Stanley said;
“Once again, international expert opinion has served notice regarding the disaster that potentially awaits the planet unless more is done to drastically reduce the levels of CO2 emissions, to zero by 2100. That will entail massive growth in the generation of energy from renewable sources, to 80% by 2050.
“This country has significant natural advantages in that regard but vastly more needs to be done in order to fulfil that potential, particularly from sources such as wind and tidal which are at an early stage of development but in which this country enjoys massive natural advantages.
“The report also emphasizes the need to immediately publish and bring forward the long promised Climate Change legislation. That legislation needs to include binding targets as recommended by the all-party Environment Committee, rather than the vague commitments so far signalled by the current government.”