Saturday 24 February 2018

Special interests must not thwart climate deal

Enda Kenny at COP21
Enda Kenny at COP21


The climate change deal reached in Paris has many detractors, but most agree it marks a major step towards global efforts to finally tackle climate change.

Though small, Ireland must play its part to reduce global carbon emissions and to decarbonise the Irish economy for future generations.

That won't be easy in a country where agricultural emissions comprise a third of total emissions, with plans to increase the national herd by at least 300,000, thereby increasing emissions further. Every sector of the economy, from housing and energy security to transport, will have to respond to emissions targets or face future levies.

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