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Emissions figures highlight failure of Government on our Climate – Stanley

31 May, 2018 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action & Environment Brian Stanley TD has said that the states plan to address climate change, in the National Mitigation Plan, is not fit for purpose and now needs to be completely revised.

After questioning Minister Naughten today, Teachta Stanley said:

“At a Committee meeting this month, we heard presentations from various interest groups that have lambasted the National Mitigation Plan (NMP). The plan lacks specific measures in its make-up, does not specify our energy mix going forward that we need to create to truly combat climate change and lacks vision.

“Statements from some of the groups presenting highlighted the failure of the government proposals on climate change. An Taisce said the NMP was ‘fundamentally flawed’ and ‘should be withdraw’, Friends of the Earth stated it is ‘not fit for purpose’, and Stop Climate Chaos, said its needs to be ‘radically revised’.

“Figures released today from the Environmental Protection Agency show emission figures on the rise, and not decreasing out to 2020. Ireland now will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to the 20% reduction target. These are damning figures and we are way off the mark and our response continues to be pathetic.

“The government announced a climate fund of €500 million. Putting this into perspective, the Governments Project 2040 plan sees a cost of converting the coal plant of Moneypoint at €1 Billion.

“Today, I asked the Minister to outline the wide portfolio of renewable energy sources we need to develop to meet our international obligations and to protect our environment. The government seriously need to up the game on climate action.” 

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