Ryan reveals timeline for first ‘carbon budget’ and revised climate plan

Irish Times | Sep 13, 2021 at 8:10 PM
  • Ireland’s first carbon budget will be unveiled in coming weeks, which will lead to carbon emissions limits being applied in key sectors of the economy for the first time, Minister for the Environment and Climate Eamon Ryan has confirmed.
  • The council verdict on what carbon limits should apply over the next five years will inform a revised climate action plan for Ireland expected for the first week of October – as well as the 2022 fiscal budget, Mr Ryan confirmed.
  • A particular challenge, which he expected the council to raise, was the complex issue of land use, which was a source of 4 million tonnes of CO2, when it needed to be a carbon sink – especially as forestry’s capacity to act as a sink would decrease in the short-term due to harvesting.