The Government will “nudge people and businesses to change behaviour” in a bid to tackle climate change, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Launching the Government’s climate action plan in Dublin, Mr Varadkar said the strategy did not seek to find the moral high ground but to find a common ground on climate action, which gave a “platform which we can all work on”. The plan envisages almost 1 million electric vehicles in Ireland within the next decade; bans on oil boilers in new homes from 2022, and for gas boilers by 2025; and the phasing out of coal- and peat-fired electricity generation, among other measures. It will also begin an ambitious retrofit “easy pay scheme” that will see 500,000 homes retrofitted to B2 energy standard.
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Ireland has published a plan to increase its reliance on renewables from 30% today to 70% by 2030 by adding 12GW of additional clean energy capacity. The 12GW target in the country’s Climate Action Plan includes at least 3.5GW of offshore renewable energy and up to 8.2GW of new onshore wind capacity. Renewable sources contracted under corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) should also meet 15% of Ireland’s electricity demand by 2030 under the plan. Increasing onshore and offshore wind capacity is the most economical options for meeting the 70% target, the plan suggested. The government vowed to enshrine these measures in law in a new Climate Action Act, which would also include a 2050 target for net zero greenhouse house emissions. The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) described these targets as “ambitious, but absolutely achievable”, adding that “new battery technologies, greater interconnection and a stronger grid” would help Ireland meet the target.
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Despite its comparatively small population, stalling efforts to tackle climate change mean Ireland contributes a disproportionate volume of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. While the UK has made progress in cutting its greenhouse gases, Ireland is set to miss both its domestic and EU targets. Failure to decarbonise difficult sectors, such as dairy farming and road transport, have left it with the third highest per-capita emissions of any member state. This position has been acknowledged by Irish leaders, with taoiseach Leo Varadkar noting that Ireland was falling behind the rest of Europe on climate change in an address to the European Parliament in January 2018. He said he was “not proud” of his country’s record as a climate “laggard”. He later that year said Ireland is “nowhere near close” to meeting its climate goals. Despite its recent performance, Varadkar has also said he wants Ireland to become a “global leader on climate action”. This ambitious statement has been accompanied by a series of gestures intended to demonstrate the state’s commitment, including a pledge to divest its national investment fund from fossil fuels and the declaration of a “climate emergency”. However, with emissions still rising in key sectors, there are concerns of a mismatch between this stated intention and reality. In a newly released “climate action plan to tackle climate breakdown”, Ireland’s leaders hope to put the nation onto the right path. Here, Carbon Brief explores why progress has been so slow until now, and what needs to happen to get the country in line with its targets.
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ScottishPower looks to invest almost £90m in Irish renewables. The Spanish parent company of ScottishPower has announced it will launch it’s 100% renewables business into Ireland.
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