Ireland being one of the worst in the world on climate change 'comes as no surprise' - Brian Stanley TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Climate Action Brian Stanley TD said that it sadly is not coming as a surprise, as government clearly do not see climate change as a priority, following the report today from the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) which ranked Ireland last in addressing climate change in the EU and among the worst in the World.
Brian Stanley TD said:
“The report today from the CCPI sees Ireland as one of the worst in the world when it comes to addressing climate change.
"This is not only going to cost the state in terms of the environment around us, but we must also remember that with our EU emissions and renewable energy targets being missed for 2020 this state is facing huge fines.
“Although we are a small state in global terms, we as an island can lead by example. It is frustrating that we are importing billions worth of fossil fuels each year but have a wide variety of renewable energy sources available to use which are virtually completely underdeveloped.
"Sources such as offshore wind, hydro, biogas and solar need to be developed and will form an important part of our energy mix. Pilot schemes on these sources simply will not cut it at this stage.
“To address climate change, action must be on a cross departmental bases and the aim for government must be to develop broad sources of renewable energy technologies.
"We need to specify our energy sources going forward. Alongside this we need to see the opportunities we have available to us on this island in the move to greater renewable energy.
"This is in terms of job creation, security of energy supply and improving the national and global environment around us. But government simple shows little vision and a lack of ambition.”