Ireland's new climate targets to focus on the energy industry
NEW EU proposals have set new targets for member countries to reduce their energy emissions before 2030.
The proposals relate to the agreement reached at last year's Paris climate talks where 196 countries signed up for joint action aimed at keeping global warming from rising 2C above pre-industrial levels.
The EU has agreed to a 40pc reduction on 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2030. Each member state has been given an individual reduction target, which take into account a range of factors aimed at sharing the burden as fairly as possible.
EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete said: "The national binding targets we are proposing are fair, flexible and realistic.
"They set the right incentives to unleash investments in sectors like transport, agriculture, buildings and waste management. With these proposals, we are showing that we have done our homework and that we keep our promises."
In its latest briefing on climate change, the European Commission (EC) proposed that Ireland reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30pc compared to 2005.
Ireland's targets are the 12th highest in the EU overall.
Latest forecasts indicate that European greenhouse gas emissions will be 26pc lower in 2020 than the levels recorded in 1990. In 2030 emissions will be 35pc lower and will fall by 48pc by 2050. The UK will have to cut emissions by 37pc, while The Netherlands and Denmark will have to reduce their greenhouse gas output by 36pc and 38pc respectively in order to meet the 2030 objectives.