Ireland 'still rated as the worst-performing EU country' in tackling climate change

Ireland 'still rated as the worst-performing EU country' in tackling climate change

Ireland has been ranked as the worst performing European country for action on climate change.

Ireland has placed 48th out of the 56 countries ranked on the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). It is the second year running that Ireland has been the worst ranked European country.

The CCPI was designed to enhance transparency in international climate politics.

It "evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the European Union (EU), which are together responsible for more than 90% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."

The CCPI evaluates countries under four categories which include greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy.

Ireland scored only 40.84 under the criteria with the report saying it remains in the group of very-low-performing countries. Sweden was the highest-ranking country, scoring 76.28.

It says that "existing climate mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve either its EU 2020 or 2030 targets domestically.

"The long-standing lack of implementation of substantive measures to put the country on a well-below-2°C pathway results in a very low rating for Ireland’s national policy performance."

Ireland was rated as "very low" for performance in the GHG Emissions category and also has a spot "among the low-ranking performers in the Energy Use category."

However, Ireland did get some positive news in the report.

It states that: "National experts commend the Irish Parliament for its leadership in deciding to pass the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, which is the first of its kind in the world, and for the innovative Citizens’ Assembly process which produced far-reaching recommendations for climate action now being considered by a special parliamentary committee working on the development of Ireland’s National Energy and Climate Plan."

Commenting on the report, Clodagh Daly of Friends of the Irish Environment said: "This report highlights the gap [Environment] Minister [Richard] Bruton has to close between his new rhetoric on climate change and reality of Ireland’s approach to climate action. His ministerial colleagues don’t seem to have got the memo.

"Minister Bruton has successfully raised expectations in recent weeks, but as yet he hasn’t taken actions that will actually lower our emissions."

Meanwhile, Jennifer Higgins, Policy and Advocacy Advisor at Christian Aid Ireland, called for action following the report's publication.

"It’s time for Government ministers to wake up and listen, not only to the science and to the criticism we continually face at the bottom of the pack, but also to the people, both at home and in countries worst affected by climate change."

Almost half of the G20 countries are in the group of very low performers: Japan (49), Turkey (50), Russian Federation (52), Canada (54), Australia (55), Korea (57) and - at the bottom of the index - USA (59) and Saudi Arabia (60).

You can read the full CCPI report here.

More on this topic

Climate change causes and impacts are accelerating, experts warnClimate change causes and impacts are accelerating, experts warn

Extinction Rebellion protesters gather outside Labour Party conferenceExtinction Rebellion protesters gather outside Labour Party conference

UN report set to issue stark warning on climate change impact on oceansUN report set to issue stark warning on climate change impact on oceans

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change actionYouth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action


More in this Section

Four men due in court in connection with Mayo burglaryFour men due in court in connection with Mayo burglary

Charity highlights ‘1,000% rise’ in homeless families each monthCharity highlights ‘1,000% rise’ in homeless families each month

House prices barely rise with Dublin values fallingHouse prices barely rise with Dublin values falling

‘Whitey’ Bulger involved in shipment of weapons for IRA, programme claims‘Whitey’ Bulger involved in shipment of weapons for IRA, programme claims


Lifestyle

Mulranny, in the shadow of the Nephin Beg Mountains on the north shore of Clew Bay, is a hill-walker’s paradise.Old Irish goats deserve to be nurtured

In awe of nature’s bounty on a glorious September dayIn awe of nature’s bounty on a glorious September day

Rotten by name but certainly not by nature.Islands of Ireland: Rotten to the core

There’s a revealing story well told by the writer Alice Taylor about the day a neighbour gave a present of a poached salmon to her family.Alice’s salmon of knowledge

More From The Irish Examiner