President Michael D. Higgins has signed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law.
Minister for the Environment and Climate and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan brought forward the Bill, which was passed in the Dáil and the Seanad and ultimately signed by the President.
The Green Party leader said this is a landmark day for the country in its battle against climate change.
“The extreme weather events around the world over the past month have shown us all that we must act quickly, to protect ourselves and our planet,” he said.
“Our immediate target of halving emissions by 2030 is challenging, but it is also an opportunity to transform our economy, create new jobs, protect our environment and build a greener and fairer future.”
The Climate Action Bill makes it legally binding for Ireland to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
The Bill also commits to a 51% reduction in 2018-level carbon emissions by 2030.