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North should set legally binding emissions targets

7 December, 2009

Sinn Féin Spokesperson Daithí McKay MLA has called on the Environment Minister and the Executive to make Climate Change a priority by setting legally binding targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050. Mr McKay was speaking after the Environment Committee completed its enquiry into Climate Change.

Mr McKay said:

"This report is only a start for the Committee and its important to emphasise that. A lot more could and should be done by the Department of the Environment.

"Unfortunately this leaves us lagging behind places like Scotland who are leading effectively by setting legally binding emissions targets.

"The DUP have changed their Environment Minister twice and have still not delivered anything substantial in regard to the important issue of tackling Climate Change. Unfortunately much of this is due to political divisions within their own ranks.

"I welcome the report and its recommendations relating to All-Ireland co-operation and the consideration of a plastic bag levy. However, there can no longer be any excuse for not setting legally binding emissions targets for this Administration" ENDS

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