Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Questions (72)

Thomas Pringle


72. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that recent submissions to the European Commission under the climate and energy governance regulation and national energy and climate plans will ensure that Ireland will meet the EU 2030 climate and energy targets; the quantitative assessment and modelling carried out to ensure the measures are robust and specific enough to achieve these targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14204/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Ireland's draft National Energy and Climate Plan, submitted to the European Commission in December 2018, indicates that Ireland will not meet its emissions reduction targets for 2021 to 2030 on the basis of policies and measures currently in place or planned.

The Deputy is aware that I am currently preparing an All-of-Government Plan on Climate Action which will set out how Ireland will increase its ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so that its targets for 2021 to 2030 can be achieved.

I am working with colleagues across Government to develop new initiatives in electricity, transport, heat, and agriculture, as well as a range of other sectors. The All of Government Plan will build on the previous actions and framework put in place by both the National Mitigation Plan and the National Development Plan and will have a strong focus on implementation, including actions with specific timelines and steps needed to achieve each action, assigning clear lines of responsibility for delivery. It will also be informed by successful approaches in other countries, where such approaches could be adapted for implementation in Ireland. The new initiatives identified in the All of Government Plan will be incorporated into Ireland's finalised National Energy and Climate Plan, which is to be submitted to the European Commission by year-end.

Question No. 73 answered with Question No. 68.