Irish government agrees emissions targets after compromise on agriculture

The Irish government has agreed targets to limit emissions in key sectors of the Irish economy after reaching a 25% compromise rate for agriculture.

It is further assumed that a 75% reduction rate has been set for the electricity sector and a 50% reduction rate for the transport sector.

It comes after the government failed to reach an agreement at Wednesday’s last scheduled cabinet meeting before the summer recess.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Transport and Environment Eamon Ryan then discussed how to set emission reduction targets for key sectors of the economy, particularly agriculture, until late at night.

On Thursday afternoon, ministers signed the targets for each sector, with a 25 percent target agreed for agriculture.

The Government’s Climate Action Plan 2021 has set a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 22-30% for the agricultural sector as part of Ireland’s target to reduce its overall emissions by 51% by 2030.

A reduction in the range of 62-81% has been outlined for electricity and a reduction of 42-50% for transport.

Some backbench TDs wanted agricultural emissions to be capped at the low end of this range, while climate scientists and some opposition parties want cuts at the high end.

Green Party leader Mr Ryan admitted on Wednesday the talks had been “difficult”, while Mr Martin said “it is not easy” to reach an agreement.

He said on Wednesday: “What reflects the difficulties in reaching an agreement reflects the importance of the challenges. I think it’s important that we get a resolution, but that we do it in a way that facilitates later implementation and real momentum on climate change.”

Ireland has made a legal commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2030 and to reach net zero by 2050. Irish government agrees emissions targets after compromise on agriculture

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