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Ireland “going backwards” 19 September 2018

Committee told current climate policy has Ireland ‘going backwards’ (via Green News Ireland)

By Niall Sargent

The policy choices of recent governments have left Ireland “going backwards” in terms of tackling rising emissions, the chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) said yesterday.

Speaking before the new Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, Professor John Fitzgerald warned that we are facing a “global disaster” without urgent climate action.

The CCAC is an independent body set up under the 2015 Climate Act to advise the government on climate change policy and assess Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy by 2050.

Prof Fitzgerald warned that the summer heatwave and other recent weather extremes are a “manifestation of what will be a growing trend”.

He told the 22–strong committee that we urgently need “a whole suite of additional policies” to make any real change in our emissions levels.

This is a task “not just for government but also for the Oireachtas” he said, emphasising that the committee has a key role to play in the transition.

This is especially important now as current policy has us “going backwards” in terms of reaching emissions targets, Prof Fitzgerald said. Without Oireachtas support, he warned, we will “move further away from our targets”.

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