John FitzGerald: Sustainable electricity the key to lower emissions
Ireland should join coalition of countries driving decarbonisation of electricity systems
While the EU early on adopted policy measures to reduce emissions in electricity generation, the results have shown these policies to date have been very ineffective. File photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
To achieve this, both the EU and national governments have developed a set of targets for 2020 and 2030 for emissions reductions. Unfortunately, it is now clear that Ireland will miss its 2020 target not only by a wide margin, but one that is larger than expected because of the economic recovery.