Joe O’Brien welcomes launch of the Climate Action Plan with the Green Party saying – “We must take this opportunity to live up to the expectations of Ireland’s young people”

4th November, 2021

Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien has welcomed the publication on 4th November of the Climate Action Plan which is the most detailed and ambitious in the history of the state. It sets out a roadmap for Ireland with the targets and measures necessary to meet our commitments to halve our greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2050.  It will bring about systemic change across society in every community and every sector.


Among the most critical measures in the plan is to increase the proportion of renewable electricity to up to 80% by 2030.  This will not only reduce emissions from electricity, but it will also allow the electrification other sectors such as transport and heat which will in turn reduce emissions in these sectors too.


Minister O’Brien said:


“The Climate Action Plan acknowledges that some sectors and communities will be more impacted than others.  Just Transition principles are embedded in the plan which will also provide for capacity building opportunities for communities to ensure that everyone benefits from the positive changes that are coming.


“For quite some time now, we’ve seen young people take the lead in calling for radical action on climate change. They have stepped up and taken to the streets demanding that we – as politicians and leaders – take the measures needed to avert the worst impacts of climate breakdown and we must now take this opportunity to live up to their expectations.


“The National Dialogue for Climate Action will ensure those impacted, including farmers, are empowered and a Just Transition Commission will be established. All increases in carbon tax receipts are earmarked for targeted social protection measures, an expansion of retrofitting particularly for social and low-income homes, and REPS 2 agro-environment projects.”


This week sees leaders from across the globe gather in Glasgow for COP26 to tackle global warming and negotiate commitments to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. Ireland’s Climate Action Plan demonstrates the country’s commitment to becoming a world leader in fighting climate change while addressing the inequalities that can arise.


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