Minister for Climate Action Eamon  Ryan told TDs that  Ireland could shake off its climate laggard tag. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

“There is no cause for mad optimism” that there will be a good outcome to address the climate crisis at the Cop26 global summit next month, Minister f(...)

‘Meeting our climate targets requires a transformation in the way we produce and use goods,’ the committee heard

Transitioning Ireland to a circular economy will have far-reaching consequences for manufacturing and lead to major changes in waste-management practi(...)

‘The EU car sector has aligned with the Paris Climate Accord and is on target to achieve net zero carbon by 2050’

The plan to switch Ireland to all-electric car sales by 2030, and to put almost a million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by then, is based on a f(...)

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan: “The Government is committed to a more ambitious, transformative approach to production and consumption to achieve a systemically circular economy.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

The Cabinet has approved the outline of a Circular Economy Bill which will curb a wide range of single-use products and ensure more robust waste manag(...)

Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan defended the Climate Bill saying ‘at every stage, there is a ‘check’ to see does it meet social as well as environmental and economic objectives.’ File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition politicians have failed in their efforts to strengthen the Climate Bill with specific commitments on support for workers and communities as(...)

A new report by the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee says Ireland should fundamentally redirect transport policy to address carbon emissions. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The development of “cycle superhighways” in major cities where there is greatly-curtailed private car use, transport-led housing plans and increasing (...)

Leading climate experts have warned the  Government about  “a fundamental flaw” in the Climate Bill.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Leading climate experts have written to the Government to warn of “a fundamental flaw” in the Climate Bill, which means a commitment to halve emission(...)

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Gas will be needed as the State decarbonises to ensure continuity of electricity supply and to avoid a failure of the Irish power system which would h(...)

The revised Climate Action Bill is considerably more reassuring in its ambition, backed by tight targets and clarity of language, than the earlier dra(...)

Cycle ‘superhighways’ must be part of decarbonising transport – committee hears. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

If Ireland is to tackle heavy reliance on the car and to reduce its high emissions from transport it must embrace imaginative options especially in bu(...)

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