The government’s new climate action bill will lead to the government having “difficult annual phases of engagement” with different sectors to ensure Ireland meets its new emission targets, the taoiseach has said. A split between the coalition partners also emerged when the taoiseach appeared to disagree with Eamon Ryan, the transport minister and Green Party leader, when he said that there would be “less” cattle in the future. The government approved its climate action bill yesterday, committing Ireland to carbon neutrality by no later than 2050. The proposed legislation also includes a target of reaching a 51 per cent reduction in emissions by the end of the decade. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and “to become a leader rather than a laggard in addressing climate change”. It is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.
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