Lo: Increase in greenhouse gas emissions shows need for NI Climate Change Bill

Alliance Environment spokesperson, Anna Lo MLA, has said the increase in greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland shows the need for the Assembly to pass our own climate change legislation. In 2012, there were about 21 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland, a 2% increase on the previous year. Emissions have reduced by 16% since 1990, but the Executive has a target of 35% by 2025.

Anna Lo MLA said: “It is disappointing that there was a slight rise in greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 despite a general downward trend. However, much more must be done if we are to play our part in combating climate change.

“These figures also revealed that we are falling behind other regions in the UK, with Scotland leading the way with a 30.8% reduction. It is time we had a Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill to have greater clarity on the responsibilities of all Departments on reducing emissions, as well as determining which Minister should take the lead on co-ordinating Government action. If we do not redouble our efforts we will not meet the 35% target.

“I also hope that we will be able to further realise the massive renewable energy potential that exists in Northern Ireland to further reduce emissions.”


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