Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher has said that the new Irish Government should only use “climate mitigation plans based on detailed scientific fact with firm deliverability measures” as it seeks to set out how the country will meet its Paris Agreement commitments.
The Ireland South MEP who is a member of the Parliament’s Environment Committee was commenting following a decision of the Irish Supreme Court to quash the last government’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Wishful thinking without detailed plans are a disservice to the climate and to future generations. We need to grapple with the existential challenge of climate change, and our dependence on fossil fuels, head on.
“I am aware that government are currently fleshing out their detailed plans on how to hit the annual 7% carbon emissions cut. These plans must include all available options open to a society and economy like our own. Nothing should be off the table.
“The world’s best scientists and engineers are working on new solutions every day. The Irish Government must look at everything and decide what is best for Ireland. Above all else, they must be realistic and deliver us the carbon savings we desperately need.
“False starts and badly developed plans only leave us open to greater climate risks and financial fines. Irish society gets the need to make the change to a low-carbon economy. Let’s get detailed plans agreed and let’s get to work. We don’t have any more time to waste,” concluded Kelleher.