Carbon emissions proposals emitting a cloud of confusion

The IFA President Tim Cullinan over the weekend led an IFA delegation to meet Minister Eamon Ryan on the Climate Bill.

It’s understood that several issues were raised regarding the Bill at the meeting.

Among those were the definition of carbon budget, which refers only to emissions, it does not refer to removals.

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the Bill also requires the Government to consider the risk of ‘substantial or unreasonable carbon leakage’.

He added that it is complete nonsense for Irish climate policy to lead to an increase in global emissions, which is what will occur if there is any carbon leakage.

There is no such thing as ‘reasonable carbon leakage,” he said.

The emissions reduction target for agriculture must remain in line with the roadmap for the sector that sets a pathway to reduce emissions by 10 – 15% by 2030.