Government carbon plans fail to meet UN targets


Just 24 hours after releasing its plan to cut 51% carbon emissions over the next decade, the government was warned it was not going far enough.

A new United Nations report calls for emissions cuts of at least 55%, and Ireland’s carbon budgets, released on Monday, fall short of that.

The two five-year carbon budgets of the government’s Climate Change Advisory Council aim to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% in a decade.

However, there are also doubts about the country’s ability to meet these goals, including further divisions over whether the national herd of more than 6 million animals should be reduced.

The UN has warned the world is on track for a “climate catastrophe” by releasing a report showing countries’ plans to cut emissions are still a long way from curbing dangerous warming.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has said that even with updated commitments by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, the world is facing global warming of 2.7 ° C by 2100.

The latest climate plans proposed by countries to fight emissions by 2030 only reduce the pollution predicted for global warming by 7.5% by 2030 compared to their previous commitments, he said. declared.

But reductions of 55% are needed to meet the goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5 ° C, beyond which the more severe impacts of climate change will be felt, from extreme weather to the rising seas.

Some 49 countries and the EU have pledged long-term targets to reduce emissions to net zero, which could reduce the rise in temperatures to 2.2 ° C, but only if fully implemented, with measures over the next decade, he said.

Launching the report before world leaders travel to Glasgow for crucial COP26 climate talks, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen warned: “The world must realize the imminent peril we face in as a species.

Climate change is no longer a future problem. It’s a problem now.

Despite mounting pressure, Transport Minister and Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan said the national herd was unlikely to be slaughtered. The reduction in numbers is likely to occur naturally, he said.

Mr Ryan also said power outages were less likely to occur as a number of out-of-service factories had been restored.

Mr Ryan said the carbon budget plans announced by the Climate Change Advisory Board were ambitious goals based on science, not policy.

Farm lobby groups have responded to the “lazy narrative” of national herd reduction.

IFA leaders have said any cuts will hurt farm life and emissions reductions will have to come from elsewhere.

Meanwhile, homeowners facing substantial increases in energy prices this winter must “take their options” in terms of lowering their bills, according to Junior Minister Ossian Smyth.

TD Green Party Ossian Smyth.

Mr Smyth, the Minister of State for Circular Economy, speaking after a meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels failed to agree on a plan fight against soaring energy costs.

He said there had been an agreement among all countries present that in the short term all mitigation measures regarding these price increases would be the responsibility of each nation, and that Ireland’s recent budget had has been targeted for this purpose on people who are struggling to make ends meet. via increased well-being.

One area where cuts could be found is in public transport, but a new survey has found that more than two-fifths of people say they are less likely to use public transport now than before the pandemic.

Other areas to target could include the use of electricity, but according to some experts this should be focused on people using electricity rather than the companies that generate it.

The Cabinet is expected to be updated today on COP26 and Ireland’s participation, ahead of next week’s summit.


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