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Absence of 2050 targets in climate laws criticised

8 Jul 2013

Harry McGee, The Irish Times

The Government's decision to omit long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions has been repeatedly criticised during three days of Oireachtas hearings on proposed climate change legislation.

Some 30 organisations, individuals and interested parties are making presentations to the all-party Committee on the Environment, chaired by Labour Party TD Michael McCarthy on the outline heads of the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill.

The majority of those presenting so far have expressed reservations about the absence of specific targets for 2050, with many arguing for emissions reductions of between 80 per cent and 90 per cent. Hearings will continue next week.

Yesterday, the Committee heard from six groups and interests, including the group representing Irish business Ibec; the group which represents the agrifood industry and aid agency Trócaire.

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