Ireland set to badly miss climate change targets - Report

Eamon Ryan, Green Party.

Ireland is set to badly miss climate change targets, according to a new report.

The Climate Change Advisory Council has warned the country is in an even worse position than it was last year.

The new report says Ireland is on track to miss many of its climate change targets - and that our emissions are increasing.

Fianna Fáil's Environment Spokesman Timmy Dooley says it is disappointing.

He said: "I think it is a damning indictment of the failure of this Government to address climate change and our Co2 emissions.

The results will have a devastating impact on our environment and indeed on our economy.

At the heart of the push to improve Ireland's climate results are financial incentives, according to the chair of the Advisory Council which produced the report.

Chairman John Fitzgerald is calling for the carbon tax to be increased by €10 per tonne in the budget.

It is aimed at targeting the big polluters and fossil fuel burners.

But it would have an impact on the consumer too.

It would add about 50c to a bail of briquettes, it would add €2 to a bag of coal. There would be some effect on petrol prices, you wouldn't really notice it.

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says that can not be done in isolation, and there needs to be climate incentives.

He said:

We are not going to do it by saying 'We told you so'. We have to show that there is this better alternative, that tackling this issue is going to be good for us in a variety of different ways.

The report also recommends bringing the price of diesel in line with the price of petrol to discourage people from buying polluting cars

- Digital Desk

More on this topic

Contaminated seas could see killer whale populations halved in decades

Here are the areas most at risk from sinkholes in Ireland

Taiwan’s capital brings in ‘cash for rubbish’ waste disposal scheme

Decision delayed on 'alternative fuels' Irish Cement plan after thousands of objections submitted

More in this Section

Man arrested after school gate murder

Man escapes car that entered the sea in Co Clare

Personalities may change but the issues remain, says Coveney in wake of May's Therexit

Supreme Court to consider state bid for appeal over Graham Dwyer data ruling


Gardening: Something for everyone at Chelsea Flower Show

Shore thing - Many health benefits of seaweed

More From The Irish Examiner