New Climate Bill to have no targets other than Ireland achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Minister Hogan is to present the heads of the new Climate Bill to the government today, with legislation due by the end of the year. A cynical exercise or might such a bill which included real supports for private enterprise engagement actually work better than a target based approach.
The government acknowledge that EU climate legislation and targets are binding in this country so adding more targets could be said to be superflous.
Ireland has already performed excellently in the wind energy business yet Ireland had the least amount of feed in tariff support for Irish wind farms in Europe.
The Dublin Greenway Cluster and similar initiatives throughout the country has already brought significant jobs and companies to Ireland in the cleantech industrial sector both domestic and FDI.
By allowing Irish business to find the most profitable methods of dealing with climate issues, is it possible that evenif this is a cynical exercise might it backfire on the government and turn out to be a far more effective measure than simply laying down targets without developing the measures required to meet them.
The Irish Times had this to say New climate Bill to set no binding CO2 targets - The Irish Times - Mon, Feb 11, 2013