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And so we have sectoral climate targets July 29, 2022

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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There’s the tired old trope that when everyone is unhappy someone is doing something right. Not sure that’s correct ever. But more to the point if the the government’s emissions cuts plan doesn’t even hit the intended target one has to wonder.

The chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council has said that while the Government’s emissions cut plan is an important milestone, the sectoral targets are problematic and not consistent with the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act.

Marie Donnelly said the agreed targets will need to be revised upward and monitored closely in the light of experience.

She said the emissions cuts amount to a reduction of just 43% and so are not consistent with the Climate Act.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland she said: “When you quantify it, the numbers do not come to 51% as foreseen in the Act.

“They actually come to 43%, so we have a gap. We have a gap of about five million tonnes.”

Then there’s the issue over the political theatre earlier in the week where it seemed fleetingly that the GP might, just might, be unable to row in behind FF and FG over the reductions in agriculture emissions when 22% was raised as the target. Now it is 25%. So was this all choreography?

How is this going to work in practice?

George Lee on RTÉ has a good overview:

For the past two decades, despite contributing more per capita to global emissions than most other European countries, Ireland was one of the biggest laggards when it came to climate action.

Policymakers talked about it, wrote about it, and planned for it.

Irish governments made emissions reductions commitments to the EU, the UN, the IPCC and others.

But when push came to shove, very little was achieved.

Ireland had a longstanding and legally binding commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 and completely failed to reach that target.

Last year, instead of reducing emissions by 4.8%, they went up by 4.7%.

So now everything is focused on 2030. And some of the targets are going to hit closer to home than others. Not least:

Transport emissions are to be reduced by 50% by 2030. That will mean public transport, electric cars, bicycle and walking whether we like it or not.

And although none of this is set out in any great detail it is likely to mean congestion charges in cities, increased road taxes, higher petrol and diesel taxes, higher parking charges and anything else that can be dreamed up to encourage people to leave the car at home.

But Lee makes an incontrovertible point:

Climate action is now a fact of life and the longer we delay acting the harder and the more expensive it is going to be.

One thinks about how if efforts were made ten or twenty years ago the slope that we are on would be that much less formidable, that much more easy to ascend. Eight years. 

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1. Jim Monaghan - July 31, 2022

I sadly guess that there will be loads of loopholes and many sectors especially some of our rural cousins will ignore it. Before complaining about me, ask what happened with the Turf Compensation measure where it appears the money was pocketed and the turf cutting continued.

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2. mal - July 31, 2022

The Observer has just published an article about Bill McGuire, a volcanologist and climate researcher who believes that we’ve already passed the point where climate change can be halted. We are now at a point where, due to elite inaction, we have to try and adapt to climate change and prevent further calamitous change, rather than prevent it. The actions of the Irish government, and practically every government in the world, are suicidal, homocidal and genocidal. They are condemning millions of people to death or to drastically reduced living conditions.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe

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WorldbyStorm - August 1, 2022

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Alibaba - August 1, 2022

Here’s another good piece from the Guardian, an Open Letter on climate crisis protests written by youth activists and signed by groups around the world:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/26/school-strikes-climate-protests-activists

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