Climate & Environment

Lift the Dublin Airport passenger cap? Leo Varadkar’s ministers can tell farmers

A peculiarity of international climate accounting allows aviation emissions to be all but ignored in national policy, but those being asked to reduce emissions will demand answers if others are given a free pass

Tractors block the road as hundreds of farmers demonstrate in the city centre on in Girona, Spain. Picture: Adri Salido/Getty Images

If the government wants to support the lifting of the passenger cap at Dublin Airport, it should be allowed to do so on one condition: explain it to the farmers first.

In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad litmus test in general for policies that run counter to climate targets. Every time a proposal to expand an emissions intensive economic activity is made at government level, the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and relevant ministers should be required ...