Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes publication of the governments Climate Action bill 2020
10th December, 2020
Minister O’Brien has welcomed the publication of the Government’s Climate Action (Amendment) Bill 2020. Following on from commitments secured by the Green Party in the Programme for Government to achieve an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, the Climate Action Bill commits Ireland, in law, to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister O’Brien said:
“Fingal is an area that will be particularly effected by climate change. Fingal County Council’s Climate Change Action Plan has identified key risks for the county in the forms of flooding, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. We know all too well how serious the risk of coastal erosion is for areas from Balbriggan to Skerries, Rush to Portrane, and Malahide to Portmarnock. Flooding presents a major challenge around the Rogerstown Estuary and the River Delvin. This Bill represents a very significant measure in our efforts to mitigate, to the greatest possible extent, these risks. The longer climate action is delayed, the more costly it becomes. We need to protect our local area for future generations, and in doing so we can futureproof our economy, driving investment and creating the jobs of the future.
The Climate Action Bill is an ambitious piece of legislation which commits the Government, in law, to transition to a climate resilient and carbon neutral economy by 2050. Despite the threat that climate change represents, in adapting to it we can benefit greatly from quality of life improvements. Fingal has an opportunity to benefit from major investment in offshore renewables in our area, and the greatly expanded investment in electrified public transport along the Northern Commuter Line and with Metrolink that will be needed to reduce our emissions brings with it the promise of reduced commutes and more time spent with family and friends.
Reducing emissions and scaling up climate adaptation measures will ensure Ireland remains sustainable, competitive and climate resilient. It will make Ireland a leader not a laggard when it comes to tackling climate change. The Irish people, and the people of Fingal, have shown want this and are ready for this. Thanks to this Bill, Climate Action is no longer an empty promise.”
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