The government is completely off course in its response to climate change, a watchdog said yesterday. The Climate Change Advisory Council said that the country had yet to develop a framework for reducing emissions and that it was now impossible to meet 2020 targets, which could lead to €600 million in fines or cost a similar amount in buying credits from other EU member states. The state is required to reduce CO2 emissions by a million tonnes a year due to its international obligations and the government’s stated position.
Times 26th July 2018 read more »
The Irish government has approved the country’s long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), with the first auction set to take place in 2019 after state aid approval has been secured from the European Union. Confirmed by minister for communications, climate action and environment Denis Naughten yesterday, further auctions are expected to take place at regular intervals throughout the lifetime of the scheme. The scheme will provide for a renewable electricity ambition of up to a maximum of 55% as part of EU-wide decarbonisation targets out to 2030. Up to 4.5GW of renewable capacity is expected to be procured by 2030, according to February’s Project Ireland 2040, which set out a national development plan for Ireland over the next decade. While it is framed around Ireland’s efforts to meet its 2020 renewable energy target of 40%, the country is expected to miss this binding goal and instead hopes merely to “close the gap” with the RESS scheme.
Solar Power Portal 25th July 2018 read more »