Published: Thu, 08 October 2020
Fine Gael MEPs Seán Kelly, Deirdre Clune, Frances Fitzgerald and Maria Walsh have voted in favour of the EU Climate Law enshrining climate neutrality by 2050 for the EU and member states.
Today’s vote is in line with the Government’s Climate Action Bill, published today, which will deliver a radical transformation of Ireland’s economy and society, with a commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050.
“There was debate around the appropriate target for emission reductions by 2030 – with the Commission impact assessment calling for a reduction of at least 55 percent, which we supported. However, a higher target of 60pc was voted through in Parliament this week and we were happy as a delegation to give our approval to the overall report. The next stage of the process will see negotiations between Parliament and Council to reach a common position”, said Seán Kelly, leader of the delegation, underlining that climate change is a reality that must be addressed.
“This is the first stage in what will be a tough, but vital shift from climate damaging policies towards a more sustainable way of living and working. It will impact on households, farmers, finance, fishermen, manufacturing and transport and if the right policies are chosen, we will deliver on our target of climate neutrality.
“More importantly, the EU is a global leader in setting ambitious targets and we will work at the international level to ensure that others follow our example.
“Several other important aspects in the law, including establishing an EU climate council, phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies, with due attention paid to those heavily dependent on support to heat their homes, were also approved.”
The next stage will be challenge, the MEPs have said.
“We will need to step up on emission reductions across all sectors of the economy and society. But the prize of a safer and more secure planet is a vital one, if not for ourselves, then our children and grandchildren.
“We voted in favour of the Climate Law legislation and wish to reiterate our support for courageous, yet achievable action to combat climate change”, Mr Kelly added.