In the same week that the UK Government announced green policy changes around coal and electric vehicles, the Northern Ireland Assembly has declared a ‘climate emergency’. The declaration was put forward by Sinn Fein and the Green Party, receiving 48 votes in favour compared to 27 against after talks on Monday night (3 February). Under the declaration, the Assembly will create a new, independent body to hold policymakers and businesses to account over the environmental impacts of their actions. The body is due to launch within a year and will be called the Environmental Protection Agency. In the months leading up to its launch, Assembly members will determine its remit and its funding model.
Edie 5th Feb 2020 read more »