Irish government delivers first "carbon budget"

Measures include minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs and CO2-based car tax scheme

The Irish government delivered its first carbon budget on Thursday. It contains proposals to set minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs and establish a carbon dioxide-based annual circulation tax for cars.

Announcing the budget, Irish environment minister John Gormley said: "It puts our responsibilities to tackle climate change on an equal footing with our responsibilities to manage the economy". The annual carbon budget would also be used to measure progress towards the government's target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent annually over the next five years, he said.

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