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After Paris Agreement government must take the initiative on renewables - Colreavy

14 December, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has called on the government to increase it's support for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

Following the Paris agreement on climate change and in advance of the publication of the White Paper on Energy Policy, Deputy Colreavy said:

“It is essential that the government takes the issue of climate change seriously.

“A major influence on how we tackle climate change will be how we approach the issue of energy.

“Ireland still heavily relies on fossil fuel for its energy supply, with the majority of this being imported.

“In order to tackle climate change, Ireland must produce its own energy from renewable sources.

“Sinn Féin believes that the best way to develop renewable energy is in conjunction with communities, and the government must provide supports for community energy projects.

“Existing state companies such as Bord na Mona, Coillte and the ESB must take a serious role in renewable energy production.

“Ireland is not set its energy targets for 2020 as it stands, therefore, the government must take the initiative to develop renewable energy and save on energy emissions as a key part of Ireland's infrastructure.

“There must also be a diversification in transport and it is time to look at several initiatives as to how to help the growth of electric vehicles.

“Ireland should look at international examples as to how best to promote electric vehicles.

“The agreement reached in Paris is an important step forward, but Ireland and other countries have far more to do reduce of dependence on fossil fuels and move towards a green, sustainable future.”

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