Sunday 20 August 2017

Government's emissions plan is described as 'embarrassing'

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Paul Melia

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Government plans to tackle climate change are almost "wholly inadequate" and will do nothing to address major causes of emissions, a coalition of environmental groups warns.

Friends of the Earth and aid agency Trócaire said the National Mitigation Plan to tackle global warming needed to be completely rewritten, as there was "no clear outline" on how to reduce emissions.

"The Environmental Protection Agency has explicitly stated that transformational change is urgently required across the entire economy and society to make the shift towards decarbonisation," it said in a submission to the Government.

"It is the view of Stop Climate Chaos and the Environmental Pillar that the draft plan does not achieve these objectives.

"It fails to reflect any increase in ambition to meet either Ireland's existing EU targets, or to ensure that Ireland does its fair share of the global effort."

Environmental Pillar spokesperson Oisin Coghlan said the plan was "so awful it's embarrassing".

"It's not really a plan at all; it reads like a discussion document," he said.

Irish Independent

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