Sunday 17 December 2017

Energy expert says Ireland will not meet 'unambitious' targets


Thomas Molloy

THE country won't meet the target of producing 20pc of all electricity from renewable energy by 2020, a leading expert has predicted.

Ireland's targets are not ambitious enough but even these targets will not be reached, according to Katherine Richardson, a professor at Copenhagen University, who advises the United Nations and the Danish government.

"The problem with Ireland's targets is that they lack a 'why'," Prof Richardson told the Irish Independent. She noted that Denmark has pledged to stop using any fossil fuels by 2050 and power all homes, factories and transport from renewable energy within 40 years.

Prof Richardson was one of 10 people, including five economists, who drew up the plan which has been adopted as government policy and has broad cross-party support.

Other countries are now competing with Denmark, Prof Richardson said. China plans to spend €54bn on clean tech this year and South Korea will spend €10bn over the next five years.

Irish Independent

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