New threat to Irish farming from revised climate change proposals, says MEP
A new threat to Irish agriculture has emerged in the from of a report to the European Parliament which proposes tougher measures to curb climate change, according to Ireland South M.E.P. Sean Kelly.
Kelly says the report by the designated rapporteur, Benedek Javor, a Green M.E.P. from Hungary goes much farther than the original COP21 Climate Change Agreement and subsequent Commission proposals.
Kelly warns that the new elements introduced in this latest draft would spell ‘disaster for Irish agriculture’.
Kelly says this is because forestry would no longer be counted as a mitigating measure (or carbon sink) for increased greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production.
“This would destroy a crucial part of our strategy in achieving the necessary reductions under the Climate Change Agreement.
“It would also remove forestry as a desirable and practical use of marginal land,” he said.
By 2030, the EU aims to achieve a 40% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions compared to 1990 levels
To bring this about, two key instruments are used: Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) and the Effort Sharing Regulation (non-ETS sectors), along with sub targets on renewables, energy efficiency, transport, buildings, etc.