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Carbon budget a ‘significant milestone’ to tackle climate change – Ryan

The Minister for Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan has applauded the publication of the proposed carbon budgets from the Climate Change Advisory Council. 

The first proposed carbon budget was sent to Minister Ryan yesterday after deliberations on how Ireland will go forward on its climate path.

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The Irish Government is due to implement three carbon budgets, then set out limits covering each sector.

The climate budget will be a big part of Irelands goal of cutting emissions in more than half by the year 2030, then the ultimate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

“These first carbon budgets are a significant milestone in our efforts to tackle climate change,” Ryan said.

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“The first two 5-year carbon budgets equate to a total reduction of 51% emissions over the period to 2030. This is part of the journey towards ‘net zero’, which commits us to the transition to a ‘climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy’ no later than 2050,” Ryan added.

“There will be different targets for each sector, based on their respective starting points and the relative difficulty, cost, speed and benefits of reducing emissions.”

He said every sector will need to play their part.

IMAGE – “Electricity Pylons as seen from Bristol” (CC BY 2.0) by ell brown/”Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan” by The Green Party / Comhaontas Glas is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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