Ireland’s climate change efforts criticised in new report

According to a report released this week, Ireland is ranked as the second worst country in the EU for tackling climate change. The report by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, a Brussels based advocacy group, looks at how member states perform in reaching their climate and energy targets. Ireland received a score of 21%, ahead of Poland only at 16%.

In an analysis of Ireland’s performance, CAN Europe noted the country’s increasing emissions from transport and agriculture and called for effective policies to be implemented to align near-term climate action with EU and Paris Agreement commitments.

Specifically, the NGO said the government needs to radically revise the National Mitigation Plan which currently commits the transport sector to building a climate resilient low-carbon transport sector by 2050. The report also recommends that Ireland end the use of peat in electricity generation by 2019 and coal use by 2025.

Also included in the report’s recommendations, CAN Europe calls on the Irish government to enact the recommendations of the Citizens Assembly which included higher taxes and increased public transport and a tax on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Sweden, Portugal and France topped the rankings but CAN Europe highlights that all EU countries are off target and failing to increase their climate action in line with the Paris Agreement goals. The organisation has called for all countries around the world to urgently and substantially increase their respective actions, well beyond current agreed targets.

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