Ireland's climate challenge "can be met"

Dempsey releases progress report on 2000 climate strategy, warns against complacency

Ireland can still meet its Kyoto protocol target of limiting greenhouse gas emissions to 13% above 1990 levels by 2008-12, despite currently being way above target, the environment ministry said on Friday. A progress report on Ireland's 2000 climate strategy, released to coincide with EU ratification of the protocol, sets out a range of measures being taken.

According to environment minister Noel Dempsey, "full and active" implementation of the climate strategy should be "sufficient" to ensure the 13% target is met. He warned against complacency: emissions in 2000 were nearly 24% above 1990 levels and the government projects a further rise to 37% by 2010 without the strategy's counter-measures (EED 03/11/00).

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