Climate & Environment

Pace of government climate policy ‘out of step with worsening conditions’

Friends of the Earth said that while the government’s performance in the areas of nature and transport had improved from last year, there was a decline in performance in energy, climate, water, and buildings

The Friends of the Earth report said that plans to achieve Ireland’s renewable energy targets were delayed due to a slow process for developing offshore wind, planning restrictions for solar panels and growing energy demands from data centres. Picture: Getty

The government is only making “moderate progress” on climate and environmental policies, according to a new assessment produced by a lobby group.

The Friends of the Earth’s annual report card on the government’s performance on climate and environment gave an overall grade of C, down slightly from a C+ last year. The rating gives marks out of ten across nine different sectors, including: climate, nature and biodiversity, water and marine, waste and circular economy, air ...