Government ‘must get behind’ carbon target

Government and its agencies will have to cooperate to help the new target for 40% of electricity to come from renewables by 2020, a minister has said.


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Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan warned government departments and agencies that they will have to work to meet the target set earlier this week.

He said: “It behoves all state agencies, the regulator, the sustainable energy office and other departments to row in on a co-ordinated approach to meet those targets.”

Environment Minister John Gormley announced the target, which was raised from 30%, as part of his carbon budget.

He also revealed that carbon emissions had dropped by 1% in 2006 compared to 2007.

Europe has agreed for 20% of electricity to be generated by renewable means.

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