Climate & Environment

Tensions flare in government over carbon emissions cuts

Senior Greens insist the farming sector must reach a level of 30% cuts, but Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil want the figure closer to 22%, due to pressure from farmers and rural backbenchers

Eamon Ryan, the Green Party leader: Senior members of his party are pushing for emissions cuts in agriculture to be at the 30 per cent level. Picture: RollingNews

Tensions are mounting within the coalition over the scale of the carbon emissions cuts that farmers will be required to deliver, with Green Party sources warning that any compromise on the move could be “a real problem”.

The 2030 sectoral emissions cuts for agriculture must fall into a range of between 22 and 30 per cent. While senior figures in the the Green Party are insisting that the sector must be asked to reach the ...