Source: Green Party
Government must be more ambitious if Ireland is to be at the centre of the new clean industrial revolution
Responding to the publication of the Government’s National Mitigation Plan, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “There is nothing new in the National Climate Mitigation Plan published today. The Government says it wants to put the issue centre stage but their report lacks any detail on how we are going to achieve our emissions reduction targets.
“There are plenty of plans for yet more reviews, consultations, and further economic analysis but precious little commitment to direct climate action that would set us on the right road. There is a lot of attention as to what the individual citizen might be able to do but no bold plans from the State that will make it easier for everyone to do the right thing.
“If the Government really wanted to put Ireland at the centre of the clean industrial revolution that is starting to take hold, then they would be willing to take the sort of immediate bold measures suggested below that would show our real intent:
- Give an immediate timeline for the end of use of coal and peat in power generation
- Rule out any new oil or gas exploration in Irish waters.
- Introduce a bidding process for the introduction of 3GW of offshore wind in the Irish sea.
- Allow all Irish farms, householders and small business sell solar power back to the grid.
- Increase spending on cycling and walking to 20% of the transport budget, as recommended by the OECD.
- Mandate every petrol station to provide electric charging points.
- Commit to funding the replacement of every oil fired central heating system with zero carbon alternatives.
- Switch to a new programme of ‘continuous cover’ afforestation.
- Introduce a national land use plan that pays farmers for carbon storage, flood management and biodiversity services.
- Champion low carbon precision farming and local horticulture with direct distribution links to Irish consumers.
“We look forward to taking part in the proposed National Climate Dialogue and to holding the Government to account in how the climate agenda is delivered within the new National Capital Plan and National Planning Framework. We have everything to gain by promoting a just transition to a new low carbon economic model and everything to lose if we do not meet this great climate change challenge.”