Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (109)

Eamon Ryan


109. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his recent visit to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019. [38849/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I attended the UN Climate Action Summit in New York last Monday, 23 September. I was accompanied by Minister Bruton and Ireland’s Youth Delegate, Alicia O’Sullivan.

The Summit was organised by UN Secretary-General Guterres to encourage Member States to rapidly boost ambition in order to meet the targets set under the Paris Agreement.

In my statement to the Summit I outlined Ireland’s actions to date including banning fracking, establishing a climate action fund and divesting the Strategic Investment Fund from fossil fuels. I set out our ambitions under our new Climate Action Plan, highlighting in particular the cross-party agreement to increase carbon tax to €80 per tonne by 2030. I announced that from next year we will ring-fence this revenue to fund new climate action and just transition. I also set out Ireland’s intention to bring exploration for oil to an end on foot of advice from the Climate Change Advisory Council.