Minister for Climate and Environment Eamon Ryan has said the deal reached at the COP26 climate summit is “disappointing”, but keeps the 1.5C ambition alive.
He said it is “deeply disappointing” that wording on an end to coal and fossil fuel subsidies was “watered down”.
“What the world has done today is to keep 1.5 alive, recommitting to keep the global temperature increase at a level that is liveable for humanity,” Ryan said.
“We can only do that by delivering, including keeping our promises in Ireland to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half this decade and to reach net zero by 2050.”
“However it is deeply disappointing that the proposal to phase out unabated coal and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies has been watered down as part of the compromise needed to agree a deal,” he continued.
Language in the deal was watered down at the last minute, following a push led by China and backed by India – changing the language from the “phase out” of unabated coal, to the “phase down”.
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