Climate & Environment

Ireland way off target on climate change goals and existing policies are not enough, EPA warns

The state’s environmental watchdog predicts that emissions will only fall by 27.9% by 2030 based on 2018 levels, far short of the 51% reduction required by law under the new Climate Action Bill

Laura Burke, the director general of the EPA: ‘All sectors have work to do, in particular the agriculture sector’. Picture: Maura Hickey

Ireland will miss the first two years of its carbon budget targets and will need a range of new policy measures if its 2030 climate ambitions are to be met, the state’s environmental watchdog has warned.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that even with the additional measures outlined in the government’s latest 2021 Climate Action Plan, emissions will only fall by 27.9 per cent by 2030 based on 2018 levels, ...