Dáil approves legal limits on greenhouse gas emissions as new carbon budgets are approved

The Dáil has approved carbon budgets that limit the amount of greenhouse gases the country can legally emit by 2030.

The first budget, covering the period up to 2025, requires an average reduction in emissions of 4.8 percent per year.

A second budget, running through 2030, requires larger average cuts of 8.3 percent per year.

The budgets should meet the obligation under the Climate Protection Act 2021 to halve emissions by 2030 compared to 2018.

A government motion to approve it was approved after more than three hours of debate. Only eight TDs resisted.

This came despite criticism from the opposition that the budgets were at times too strict, underambitious, imprecise, unrealistic, undeliverable and ill-timed.

Paul Murphy of People Before Profit and Jennifer Whitmore of the Social Democrats argued the proposed cuts would be less than required by the landmark Paris Agreement and government programme.

Paris set a target of 7.6 percent annual reductions and the government program agreed to 7 percent, but carbon budgets were only 5.7 percent.

However, much of the debate has focused on the forthcoming hike in the carbon tax rather than on carbon budgets and the cost of living crisis in general.

Sinn Féin TDs criticized the government’s climate change policies and expressed concerns about their impact on vulnerable sectors.

But they said the severity of the climate crisis, as highlighted in this week’s latest UN report, meant they would support the budgets.

Climate Change Secretary Eamon Ryan pledged that the vulnerable would be protected as we transition to a low-carbon future.

“It will only work if we do it in a way that listens to people, engages them, helps communities and sees it as an opportunity to leverage economic benefits to protect incomes while delivering social justice and a just transition , ” he said.

How the budgets will be divided among key sectors such as transport, energy production and agriculture has yet to be determined.

Some need to achieve greater emission reductions than others. The cuts will be set out in “sectoral emission caps” to be introduced by the end of June.

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