Ireland will miss its 2030 carbon emission targets by a wide margin unless it introduces more radical climate change policies, the environment watchdog has warned. In a report published yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that the country had to make up a “significant gap” to meet its commitments. Ireland has pledged to reduce emissions by 30 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030. At the current rate, emissions were expected to increase by up to 6 per cent, the EPA said. It claimed that even with additional measures set out in various government policies, emissions would only fall by up to 10 per cent by 2030 in the best-case scenario. The country is already set to fall 75 per cent short of its 2020 emission targets, which commit to a 20 per cent reduction on 2005 levels. It will achieve only a 5 per cent reduction by next year.
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