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Stanley expresses disappointment on Climate Bill

12 February, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment, Brian Stanley TD, has described the Government’s Climate Action Bill as a disappointment. He was speaking during a debate in the Dáil on the long awaited legislation which Deputy Stanley claims fails to address the key issues.

Deputy Stanley said:

“While I welcome at last the introduction of this Bill, it fails to meet the requirements necessary to address climate change in the Irish context. It also broadly ignores the recommendations of the report of the all-party Environment Committee.”

“The Committee report, and my own Climate Change Bill which contained its key proposals, focused on the need to embody targets for the reduction of emissions in legislation. It also set out practical means by which those targets could be achieved on a national and sectoral basis.”

“None of this is contained in the proposed Bill which is vague on the key issues. Instead of setting targets in line with EU and international guidelines, the Bill merely refers all of that to yet to be published transition plans, and the establishment of new bodies to oversee those plans.”

“Given that the legislation sets at least a two year time frame for the approval of national and sectoral plans, it will do nothing to focus minds on the achievement of targets. Indeed the approval here of the plans referred to will be running into the 2020 target for the achievement of the reduction of emissions.”

“Given the inadequacy of the Bill, I will be tabling amendments to have the legislation include targets for reductions, and to bring it into line with the measures recommended in the Committee report which had the support of a wide range of opinion.” 

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