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Ireland: net zero by 2050

Ireland: net zero by 2050 19 June 2019

Ireland to ‘nudge’ its way to net zero emissions by 2050 (via Climate Home News)

By Megan Darby

Ireland aims to slash its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, under a detailed climate strategy unveiled on Monday.

Building on the recommendations of a citizens’ assembly and parliamentary committee, the government set out its intention to enshrine the target in law.

With measures including a phaseout of coal and peat–fired power generation, a switch to make car and van sales 100% electric by 2030 and tighter energy efficiency standards for buildings, it aims to turn Ireland from climate laggard to leader.

“Our approach will be to nudge people and businesses to change behaviour and adopt new technologies through incentives, disincentives, regulations and information,” prime minister Leo Varadkar said at the launch in Dublin, flanked by his cabinet.

Climate advocates welcomed the plan – one of a series of national initiatives to go carbon neutral to emerge in recent months.

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