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Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets.

Figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that while Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions will comply with its Kyoto Protocol obligations (2008 – 2012), Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario.

The Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections of Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency.

The Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy document does not contain any measureable outputs, policy goals or short, medium or long-term implementation plans in order to reach the stated targets. 

This is the third in a series of reports on the UN Climate Change conference curreently taking place in Durban prepared by Sean McDonagh SSC. Social Justice Ireland is very grateful to Sean for providing these updates. The previous two may be accessed at the end of this report.

This is the first in a series of reports on the UN Climate Change conference curreently taking place in Durban prepared by Sean McDonagh SSC. Social Justice Ireland is very grateful to Sean for providing these updates.

This is the first in a series of reports on the UN Climate Change conference curreently taking place in Durban prepared by Sean McDonagh SSC. Social Justice Ireland is very grateful to Sean for providing these updates.
The United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change began on November 28th 2011 in Durban, South Africa. Almost 10,000 people are expected to attend the conference which will continue until December 7th 2011.  

The world’s aggregate level of effort on climate change mitigation is not in line with the science and existing country commitments are insufficient to adequately address climate change according to a major study on the issue.

Social Justice Ireland welcomes Government’s publication of the Climate Change Response Bill 2010.  While some of its proposals are welcome the Bill is weaker than the Government’s Framework Document published in December 2009.  It is weaker than the commitment to legislation contained in the renewed Programme for Government. It is also weaker than what was proposed by the cross-party Oireachtas Committee. Changes have been introduced at the behest of major vested interests w

The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, concluded on December 11, 2010. Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC, attended the conference.  Below are his final reflections on the agreement reached at Cancun.  His previous ten updates can also be accessed below.

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