20th July 2016
The EU Commission today presented a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. Today's proposals set guiding principles to Member States to inform future Climate Change Policy. The proposals present binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030 for the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors.
Responding to the Commission's proposal, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten said:
"There has been extensive engagement with the Commission on this issue to date. The Commission's non-ETS Effort Sharing Decision Proposal and the accompanying detailed Impact Assessment are complex and will require careful study and analysis to determine the exact ask of Ireland towards 2030 carbon emission reductions. The outcome of the analysis will form the basis for further constructive engagement with the Commission going forward. Ireland is committed to making a fair, achievable and affordable contribution to overall ambition that caters for our specific national situation."
In October 2014, the European Council agreed to reduce GHG emissions by 40% by 2030 (compared to 1990), based on reductions in the ETS (43%) and non-ETS (30%). The Paris COP21 Agreement of December 2015 underpins global momentum towards emissions reductions. Together with last year's proposal for the revision of the EU ETS, today's climate-related legislative proposals seek to steer Europe's low-carbon transition and respond to the commitments made by the European Union countries under the Paris Agreement on climate change.