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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Government’s climate action plan to be published today

The Government will be publishing their climate action plan later today which will set specific targets for individual sectors to hit in order to help Ireland reach its overall climate targets.

Some of the targets include a 22-30% reduction in carbon emissions for the agricultural sector, a 44-56% reduction for the housing industry while the business sector will have to cut down by between 29-41%.


Taoiseach Micheál Martin spoke at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this week where he stated that Ireland pledges to reduce its emissions by 51% below 2018 levels by the year 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

He stated that different targets will be given to each sector while adding that “no sector will escape”.

Martin also disregarded a report from the Irish Farmers Journal that was carried out by KPMG which found that a 30% reduction in carbon emissions could result in the loss of 56,400 farming-related jobs.


The Taoiseach accused the article of “scaremongering” and that a diversification of farming output was possible.

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach” by House of the Oireachtas (CCBY2.0)


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