Fine Gael defends 'Green Week' plans as critics hit out

Fine Gael defends 'Green Week' plans as critics hit out

Fine Gael is defending plans for a 'Green Week' after environmentalists dismissed it as 'laughable'.

The party says it wants to raise public awareness about ways to go green and convince people why we need to tackle climate change.

But critics say the Government is ignoring its own responsibilities as the country is falling far behind on national carbon emissions targets.

Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton, Chair of a New Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, says her party is doing its best.

"Ireland's on track to meet 16% of our targets to improve our energy efficiency by 20%, that is by 2030," said the Galway West TD.

"Yes the 2020 targets will be a big challenge for us, but with €22bn - that's €1 in every €5 - invested in tackling climate change I would be very hopeful that we could not only reach our 2030 targets but be leaders in this particular area."

- Digital Desk

More on this topic

Irish scientists to lead EU project that could slash heating bills and help environmentIrish scientists to lead EU project that could slash heating bills and help environment

Minister may beef up rules against idling car enginesMinister may beef up rules against idling car engines

Venice highlighted in Ocean exhibitionVenice highlighted in Ocean exhibition

Ireland needs to increase efforts as environment is at 'tipping point'- reportIreland needs to increase efforts as environment is at 'tipping point'- report


More in this Section

UK Election: DUP set to lose kingmaker role with Conservatives on course for majorityUK Election: DUP set to lose kingmaker role with Conservatives on course for majority

Gardaí suspect man, 30s, died after fall in DonegalGardaí suspect man, 30s, died after fall in Donegal

Appeal for help to find Louth man missing for almost two weeksAppeal for help to find Louth man missing for almost two weeks

Taoiseach to demand €1bn from EU for investment and support in border regionTaoiseach to demand €1bn from EU for investment and support in border region


Lifestyle

Who hasn’t dreamt of cutting ties with the nine-to-five and living off-the-grid?The great escape: What's life like off the grid?

Jazz in Europe these days exists in a highly networked environment of cultural and political bodies, festivals, promoters, musicians and educators.Jazz Connective Festival: Intriguing, exciting and uncompromising

It will be bittersweet for Stormzy that his second album arrives the day the British Labour party was confirmed as suffering a historic general election trouncing.Album review: Stormzy remains a work in progress

Unique drawings by Quentin Blake, one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, are available at a Christie’s online auction which runs until December 17.Your chance to buy drawings by Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake

More From The Irish Examiner