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Oireachtas climate committee should not be ‘flash in the pan’ (via The Irish Times)

By Kevin O’Sullivan

An Oireachtas committee’s efforts to tackle rising carbon emissions will amount to “a flash in the pan” if it is dissolved in January, according to an environmental policy expert.

A strong, resourced climate action committee in parliament was critical and one the key ways of ensuring stronger governance in responding to climate change, Dr Diarmuid Torney of Dublin City University told a conference in Dublin on Thursday.

The Oireachtas committee on Climate Action which was established in July is due to be disbanded in January after considering how to implement radical recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly and reporting on what should be in the National Energy and Climate Plan.

The plan must be submitted to the EU by the Government, on how Ireland will respond to climate change over the coming decade.

It was also suggested recently that the committee might act as a forum in an attempt to forge an all–party consensus in setting a trajectory for rising carbon taxes up to 2030.

Read more via The Irish Times…