Tipp TD Coonan launches Climate Bill

Deputy Noel Coonan, vice-chairperson of Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, at the Committee's launch of its report on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013
The Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht has launched its report on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013 which sets out a number of possible courses of action that might considered in future deliberations of the Bill.

The Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht has launched its report on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013 which sets out a number of possible courses of action that might considered in future deliberations of the Bill.

Tipperary TD Noel Coonan is vice-chairperson of the Committee and welcomed this report on climate change legislation saying it “is one of the most important challenges facing our environment today”.

Deputy Coonan said: “In May, June and July of this year, the Committee held a very productive and informative series of meetings with interested parties, stakeholders and policy makers on the Outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2013.

“Our report stems from these meetings and outlines various actions to be considered going forward with the Bill. These measures will help formulate a roadmap for a low-carbon future.

“Among the possible courses of action that might be considered are for example, that Ireland’s annual emission limits for the periods 2030, 2040 and 2050 should be as ultimately agreed by Member States under the European Union Roadmap 2050, or any future burden sharing arrangement which is agreed at European Union level.

“The Joint Committee notes that the European Union Commission’s framework for climate and energy policy is intended to be finalised before the end of 2013 and considers compliance with this, and further milestones for 2040 and 2050 as agreed with the European Union Commission, will satisfy the objectives of the Bill.

“These are but some courses of action our Committee proposes to improve the draft Bill,” he said.