ESRI report calls for new climate commission, dramatic policy changes

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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".

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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.

Morning Ireland and Six One reports are here.

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