Posted by: Dr. Breffni Lennon | June 7, 2012

The ESRI, has just released its Environment Review 2012: Ireland’s “existing climate change policies not sufficient”

Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) have just released their Environment Review 2012. Makes for interesting reading. The report can be downloaded here.

“This report, published today (Thursday, 7 June 2012), presents projections of environmental emissions such as greenhouse gases, waste generation, and nutrients from agriculture covering the period to 2030. The single biggest issue is climate change. Our assessment is that existing climate change policies will not be sufficient to achieve Ireland’s 2020 targets. A new action plan needs to be devised with responsibilities and burden sharing agreed, including the options and scope for buying offsetting allowances. Also in that context, Food Harvest 2020 should also be re-assessed for its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as its potential to impact water quality via increased nutrients.”


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