Ireland’s failure to put words into action is what led to the country to be ranked as one of the worst in the developed world on responding to climate change, a campaigner has said. Ireland was yesterday ranked 39 out of 57 on the 2020 climate change performance index, the third-lowest of any country in the EU. It analyses how well countries are meeting commitments to tackling climate change by looking at several key indicators, including the emissions a nation produces and how well it is developing renewable sources of energy. Ireland improved slightly during the year — the position of 39 compared with a rank of 41 in 2019. The index found that Ireland scored well on renewable energy, but still produced an extremely high number of emissions compared with other countries on a per person basis. The index reported that Ireland’s improvement “is largely rooted in changes to government policies”. Oisín Coghlan, the director of Friends of the Irish Environment (FOIE), said that this relates to many policy commitments contained in the programme for government, which was drawn up by the new coalition at the end of June.
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