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Ireland facing large fines and environmental damage due to failure to act on climate change – Stanley

15 November, 2017 - by Brian Stanley TD

Speaking on the publication of a report in relation to action on climate change, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD has said Ireland will continue to fall even further back unless this government begins to take climate change seriously.

Brian Stanley TD said:

“Our horrendous record is emphasised further still in the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index published today where it states we are the ‘worst performing European country’. The report glaringly shows the inaction of this government and previous governments on climate change.

“To address both increasing emissions and increasing our renewable energy sources, we need specific measures in place, such as binding sectoral targets as proposed by Sinn Féin for emissions. We need also to urgently diversify our renewable energy sources.

“This State has virtually completely neglected offshore wind and biogas potential, alongside solar and biomass. For offshore wind and biogas, we have some of the best resources in Europe and yet they are virtually completely underutilised.

“There has been a complete lack of imagination and it seems at this point a lack of interest from government parties to act. We are not only protecting our environment when we address climate change, we are also avoiding substantial fines from the EU for missing our 2020 targets.

“If the threat of environmental damage and financial penalties is not enough for this government to act, I don’t know what is.” 

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