Northern Ireland has “excellent opportunities” to support the wider roll out of electric vehicles, home energy efficiency measures, and renewable electricity, but existing policies will not be enough to meet recommended climate goals, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded in a new report. Assessing the country’s potential for emissions reduction, the UK’s independent climate body recommended aiming for at least a 35 per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 against 1990 levels, in order to help towards the UK’s overall climate targets. Four per cent of UK emissions came from Northern Ireland in 2016. However, it said existing policies in the province – in part hampered by political uncertainty from Brexit negotiations and the lack of a sitting executive since March 2017 – currently only put Northern Ireland on course for a 32 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030. The report highlighted EVs, home heating, renewable electricity, and agriculture as areas where Northern Ireland could deliver strong emissions cuts, but it also warned of limited progress to date in farming, peatland, tree planting, and energy efficiency.
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