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20/07/2017

Climate change mitigation plan for Ireland is published

Words: Roger Milne
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Ireland's first statutory climate change national mitigation plan has been published as the country looks to decarbonise its economy.

The plan contains a series of mitigation measures and actions to address the immediate challenge to 2020 and to prepare for the EU targets that Ireland will take on for 2030.

The document sets out sector aspirations including measures involving both the land use and transport sectors.

Fewer parking spaces in urban areas and reduced speed limits on motorways form part of the government's new strategy to tackle climate change.
The proposals include a pledge to effectively electrify the entire two million-strong Irish car and van fleet by 2030, but there is no detail on how this will be delivered.

One of the plan’s quantified goals is to increase the country’s forestry cover from 11 per cent to 18 per cent by 2050.

Environment and climate action minister Denis Naughton insisted: “The plan provides a sustained, considered and strategic approach to incremental and permanent decarbonisation involving all of government and society.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the upcoming National Planning Framework, the promised 10-year capital investment plan, and the proposed National Dialogue on Climate Action would all reflect the government’s focus on decarbonising the economy.

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