Laois TD Brian Stanley.
The government 'lacks direction' on climate change and a new clear plan to reach 2020 targets is needed to avoid fines according to Laois TD Brian Stanley.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on climate action, Brian Stanley TD, said that the latest report from the Climate Change Advisory Council, showing our lack of progress toward or renewable energy and emission targets, emphasises the Government’s 'lack of direction on climate change'.
“We will not reach our 2020 targets in terms of increasing our renewable energy, and decreasing our emissions for which the State will face fines.
"Report after report makes this very clear. We need a clear plan which the government have not developed. Prof FitzGerald of the Advisory Council said ‘the problem is there isn’t a policy framework’.
“Policy needs to specify the renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels that can be created on this island. This will encompass a broad portfolio of renewable energy sources; sources like offshore wind, solar, and biogas.
“The Minister in his statement acknowledges the ‘lack of progress’ to our 2020 targets. If this government is going to show it is taking climate change seriously, what needed is a clear plan, and it is needed now," he said.