No roadmap from Government on dealing with climate change – Stanley
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Climate Action and Environment Brian Stanley has said that Ireland is falling behind in renewable energy investment and inaction by successive Irish governments means Ireland has hit a carbon cliff, while stating that it is crucial that our renewable energy industry is diversified
The Laois TD said:
“There is a clear lack of commitment contained within the Governments National Mitigation Plan to pursue the kind of actions necessary to tackle climate change and ensure Ireland meets its 2020 and 2030 climate targets.
“This document acknowledges the scale of the problem and the effort it will take to reach our targets. However, as of yet, there is still no clear roadmap as to how this will be achieved. Direct and practical actions on tackling climate change would speak louder than words.
“Inaction by successive Irish governments means Ireland has hit a carbon cliff and now has to play catch up to avoid up to €1 billion a year fines after 2020.
“There will be even further severe penalties if our commitments for 2030 are not met.
“Furthermore, Ireland is falling behind in renewable energy investment which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and deliver economic benefits to the whole island.
“It is crucial that Ireland’s renewable energy industry is diversified beyond onshore wind to include Solar, wave, tidal, and biomass.
“We also need to encourage community ownership and investment in renewable energy projects to ensure their success and support across Ireland.”