Review of National Climate Policy

(16 Nov 2011)

The Department of the Environment has published a review of national climate policy. Transport and agriculture are identified as the principal emitters outside the EU emission trading Scheme sector. It is the non-ETS sector that must be addressed by national policy under the EU’s effort sharing agreement. Agriculture accounts for 40% of non-ETS emissions and transport28%.
While Ireland is roughly on target to meet the 2008-2012 Kyoto commitments, largely due to the reduction in emissions due to the economic downturn, the path towards meeting the 2020 target and beyond is not clear and will require significant action in all sectors.


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