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Minister Naughten admits Climate Policy failure – Boylan

30 August, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has welcomed Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten’s admission that Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan (NMP) is not fit for purpose and needs to be radically revised. 

Ms Boylan said;

“I’m pleased that Minister Naughten has finally acknowledged Ireland’s shocking CO2 projections, conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency, which clearly show Ireland’s CO2 emissions are rising instead of falling. 

“While most of us have been aware of how inadequate the plan has been since it was launched in 2017, it should be noted that the EPA projections were released in May of this year so the Minister’s reaction is extremely delayed, to say the least.

“The reason that Ireland’s NMP is now going to be revised is due to an EU procedure obliging Member States to submit Climate and Energy plans. This is an opportunity for the government to now radically revise the plan and become a leader in combatting climate change.

“To date, the government’s reaction to climate criticism is to state that they are putting €22 billion into climate action over the next decade. While this is to be welcomed, it is simply not enough. We need well-developed policies and initiatives to go hand in hand with these funds. We need to have a holistic view on climate action and review how other policies interact with climate action policies.

“The Citizen’s Assembly came out with strong recommendations on climate action, proving it to be an important issue for Irish people. To date the government has not been serious about reaching its EU targets, seemingly more willing to accept large fines rather than make genuine efforts to achieve those targets. 

“Earlier this year, An Taisce revealed how Minister Creed was selectively using statistics to mislead on dairy emissions. Such scandals are completely unwelcome in any new approach by the government on climate change. 

“In two weeks time, I will be representing the European Parliament at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, a forum calling for a more ambitious and improved climate policy.

“I am calling on the government to renew its approach to climate action, to be much more ambitious and to use the EU Climate and Energy plan to make real progress on our climate and energy targets.” 

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