Saturday 25 February 2017

Ireland's position on climate change is one of hypocrisy - lots of hot air but no action

Cara Augustenborg

Ireland’s failure to meet its 2020 EU emission reduction targets then became a convenient argument for lower 2030 targets (Stock picture)
Ireland’s failure to meet its 2020 EU emission reduction targets then became a convenient argument for lower 2030 targets (Stock picture)

Spend some time watching Ireland address EU environmental regulations and you'll inevitably come across the term "derogation" and discover that Ireland tries to avoid compliance with EU Directives as much as possible. While verdant in appearance and branding, Ireland is not so green when it comes to sustainability.

This hypocrisy is most evident in Ireland's approach to climate action. Enda Kenny stood at the podium at the Paris Climate Summit last December and told the world: "Ireland is determined to play its part.

"We have committed, with our EU partners, to a collective target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40pc by 2030."

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