Tax farmers for producing greenhouse gas emissions - Citizens Assembly
Farmers could face taxes for greenhouse gas emissions produced from farming, if the views of the Citizens Assembly are considered by the Government.
This weekend 100pc of the Assembly recommend that the State should take a leadership role in addressing climate change and 89pc recommended that there should be a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, while there should be rewards for the farmer for land management that sequesters carbon.
They also voted (97pc) that the State should end all subsidies for peat extraction and instead spend that money on peat bog restoration, phased out over five years, while 99pc called for a State review of supports for land use diversification, with attention to supports for planting forests and encouraging organic farming.
The Assembly voted on 13 recommendations to be taken forward to the Oireachtas in the new year with 80 per cent recommending they’d be willing to pay higher taxes on carbon intensive activities.
Any such measures implemented by Government is likely to spark fears the agricultural sector could be financially penalised as Ireland attempts become a climate change leader.
In a move showing strong support for a greener Ireland, 93pc voted for bus and cycle lanes, along with park and ride facilities, being “greatly increased” within five years. These voters stated that much “greater priority” should be given to environmentally-friendly transport over private cars by the State.
Some 96pc want to see an expanded network of charging points to support the transition to electric vehicles.
The same number voted for the introduction of incentives, including help-to-buy schemes, reductions in motor tax, and lower or free motorway tolls, particularly in rural communities, to transfer to electric vehicles.