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.”