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Thursday, December 9, 2021

CLIMATE: All-economy carbon budget proposed to tackle climate change

Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) Marie Donnelly stated that a proposal will be made to the government for an all-economy carbon budget that will tackle emissions across all sectors until 2035.

Ms. Donnelly stated that the budget would be divided into two five-year blocks to cover 2021-2025 and 2026-2030, with a provisional budget for five years thereafter.

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Stating that the budget is based on the most up-to-date science, she said that the council will have to put forward an all-economy budget that will be divided among individual sectors by the government.

She said that in order to reduce emissions, the electricity sector must change over to wind, water and solar energy, stating that “Ireland is very fortunate in that we have a very high natural resource that will allow us to transition into a decarbonised electricity system over the next years,”.

Each sector’s challenges will be dealt with in the Climate Action Plan, which will set out policies, actions, supports and incentives to support each sector to remain within its budget.

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Each sector’s performance will be reviewed on an annual basis.

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