Environment Minister delivers 'carbon budget'

Environment Minister delivers 'carbon budget'

The Environment Minister John Gormley has confirmed the latest figures from the Environmental Protection Agency show that carbon emissions for 2007 were down 1% on the previous year.

Presenting his carbon budget to the Dáil this afternoon, Mr Gormley said there was a strong trend towards lower emission vehicles since changes to the car-tax regime were introduced in July.

Minister Gormley also told the Dáil that 40% of the country's electricity was to be secured through renewable sources by the year 2020 - an increase of 7% on the previous target.

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