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Ireland set to increase its renewable energy targets

Thursday, 04 April 2019

A cross-party group of Irish parliamentarians have called for the country, one of the EU’s climate underperformers, to slash emissions to net-zero by 2050.

After six months of debate, the ‘Joint Committee on Climate Action’ backed a set of policies that aims to have 70% renewables on the electricity grid by 2030, as well as mandating five-yearly “carbon budgets” from 2020 onwards, which would set a limit on carbon emissions.

Some of the key recommendations pertinent to the electricity sector are:

Energy

The report calls for establishing more interconnectors to Europe and increasing renewable energy generation; particularly offshore wind, and solar PV.

The report demands the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environme...

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