12/06/2019

Step Change Needed To Tackle Emissions - SDLP

Figures published by The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) reveal the need for a step change in efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, SDLP Environment Spokesperson, John Dallat MLA, has said.

The Greenhouse Gas statistical bulletin shows that Northern Ireland had reduced emissions, less than England, Wales and Scotland.
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Mr Dallat said: "The Greenhouse Gas bulletin published today makes for stark reading. Northern Ireland continues to have emissions heavy agriculture and transport sectors, accounting for almost 10million tonnes of CO2 equivalent production in 2017. More worrying, however, is that while others have lowered their emissions in these areas since 1990, ours have increased.

"Climate change is the seismic challenge facing communities across the world right now. We have less than 12 years to avoid catastrophic global temperature rises that will lead to unavoidable climate breakdown. That means urgent action is needed.

"The SDLP has called for a robust Climate Change Act for Northern Ireland with tough targets for emissions reductions. We need to pull our weight when it comes to enhancing green infrastructure, investing in clean public transport and preparing carbon-intensive industries for a green revolution."


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