Speaking in the Seanad today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly raised the recent report by the EPA on Ireland greenhouse gas emissions projections.
O’Reilly stated “today the EPA issued a report, Irelands Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections. It’s quite stark. It is saying that if we follow the 2019 Climate Action Plan we will actually only get to a 2% reduction per annum which is far short of the Programme for Government commitment of 7%”.
She went on to say “I think that this really does show us all the importance of passing the Climate Action Bill, which is in the Seanad this week. Because it’s only by putting in place new plans and carbon budgets that we are going to achieve what we need to achieve not just in terms of the planet but also for our children who have been calling for action on climate for years”.
O’Reilly concluded “it is the duty of all of us to ensure that the months and months of scrutiny of the Climate Action Bill is taken into account and that we put in place the plan that is needed by the end of this year because it is absolutely essential at this stage”.