Taoiseach Micheál Martin was speaking about Ireland’s climate action plan where he made comments about the future of Ireland, saying that “We will have warmer homes, cleaner water, cleaner air to breathe and a country where people are more connected to each other and the environment.”
With COP26 underway, world leaders are hammering down on climate action in an attempt to fulfil the promise of being net-zero by the year 2050.
In regards to Ireland’s climate action plan, Martin stated that it will be challenging but that we must now confront the reality that we face “for the sake of our children and for the generations to come”.
Ireland’s climate action plan, which consists of over 200 pages, involves reducing emissions by 51% by the year 2030.
The plan singles out each sector and issues them with unspecified targets in regards to emissions, however, specific emission reductions will be applied next year.
Some sectors such as electricity must reduce emissions somewhere between 62% and 81% while other sectors such as agriculture must reduce emissions by 22% and 30%.
Amid concerns that farmers will be drastically affected by the new climate proposals, the Carbon Budget has issued a list of 40 actions for the agriculture sector but no action refers to reductions in cattle or sheep herd size.
The majority of emission reductions for the agriculture sector will come from chemical fertiliser reductions.
Martin stated that the plan will enable us to create new jobs in enterprises and new sectors “that can compete and thrive in a decarbonised world.”
“We will do everything to ensure Ireland takes its place at the forefront of the global effort to get our lives and our planet back on a sustainable path.”
“We will do the right thing.”
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