Climate change ‘key’ to Irish govt programme

The minister of state at the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government has claimed that tackling climate change is a "key element" of the Irish government's programme.

Addressing the Climate Change and Systematics conference at Trinity College in Dublin, Michael Kitt T.D admitted that although Ireland could make little change by itself, it wanted to take a positive role in world affairs.

“We as a developed nation are committed to playing a positive role in tackling the causes of climate change and reducing our emissions,” Mr Kitt said.

He noted that the government had already introduced a carbon budget, as well as imposing new building regulations and created new light efficiency standards.

At the end of July the Department closed a consultation with businesses around the proposed “Directive of Industrial Emissions” which hoped to clarify the situation further for Irish businesses and apply minimum standards country wide for industrial emissions.

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