Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (38)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

38. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he plans to change the climate change policy in view of the recent International Panel on Climate Change report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44873/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

I refer to the reply to Question No. 384 of 8 October 2013. As stated in that reply, the report of the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change has been developed and published in an international context and has no specific implications that are unique to Ireland. Through the EU, Ireland is contributing constructively to the on-going negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, aimed at finding agreement on a new global climate treaty in 2015. Our contribution is strengthened by the steps we are taking to develop progressive national policy and legislation.

In this regard, I published a Programme for the Development of National Climate Policy and Legislation in January 2012. The Programme sets out specific milestones over a two-year period planned to culminate in Government adopting a national policy position on transition to a low-carbon future and finalising the introduction of climate legislation early in 2014.

Question No. 39 answered with Question No. 15.