Climate targets are now set in law, but can they be achieved?

The government’s Climate Action Bill became law last Friday but, as we step up efforts to reduce our emissions, some areas such as data centres and farming are a cause for concern

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
25th July, 2021
Climate targets are now set in law, but can they be achieved?
Flood damage in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany. The EU’s agenda of addressing climate change became personal after hundreds of German and Belgian citizens died in flash floods. Picture: AFP via Getty

As the devastation caused by major floods across north-western Europe turned communities from panic to grief last week, Eamon Ryan attended a particularly sombre meeting of European environment ministers in Slovenia.

Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the European Commission, was making a presentation on the EU’s new Fit for 55 climate legislative package when he informed ministers that the 15-year-old daughter of a senior EU energy and climate official had been killed in the floods just...

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