The government has vowed to shed Ireland’s image as a “climate laggard” as it set out new legally binding targets for emissions reduction. The Climate Action Bill, published on October 7, commits Ireland to being carbon neutral by 2050, meaning the country would have a net-zero carbon footprint. The bill makes this aim a requirement, legally committing Ireland to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 7 per cent per year. This is significantly more than the government had committed to in the 2019 climate action plan, which aimed for a reduction of 3 per cent per year. The bill will also result in the establishment of a new climate change advisory council that will help the government draw up “carbon budgets” that will ensure that it is meeting its targets.
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