ESRI report calls for new climate commission, dramatic policy changes
29 Jul 2009
The Irish Times Frank McDonald, Environment Editor
THE GOVERNMENT has been urged to establish a "genuinely independent" climate change commission, with a mandate to ensure that Ireland meets its targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Examining the policy options, the authors of a new report published yesterday by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), say that such a commission would need "protection from short-term political interference".
RTE News, Paul Cunningham, Environment Editor
The ESRI has said a dramatic policy change is required if Ireland is going to have any chance of achieving EU targets to reduce greenhouse gases.
In a new report, the Institute has criticised recent Governments for paying far too little attention to climate change.
It also asserted that good measures have been blocked by sectoral interests.