Richard Bruton: ‘No matter what the product is we need to rethink its production and minimise waste’

Richard Bruton was pursuing an ambitious programme of reform as Minister for Environment when he lost his job in the coalition cabinet carve-up. He remains determined that the country must confront the climate crisis, and says he has rediscovered the pleasures of riding a bike

Ahead of his episode of Five Degrees of Change, the Business Post’s Energy and Environment podcast, Richard Bruton explains the three policy changes and two personal changes he would make for a greener world. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Following the last general election, the strained arithmetic of a three-way coalition between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party meant Richard Bruton lost out on a cabinet seat, despite being broadly recognised as having led an energetic reform agenda at the Department of the Environment over the previous four years.

“You do miss it,” the Fine Gael TD said.

“It is very different being a backbencher. I am chairman of the parliamentary party ...