Is Ireland’s progress on Climate Change enough?
According to Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) rankings, Ireland has moved up to 41st place in the latest round of rankings.
Where in 2018, we were in last place amoung our EU colleagues, there have been some improvements made in 2019. Ireland still remains way behind other European countries when it comes to cutting Greenhouse emissions, but we are now referred to as ‘low performers’ rather than our previous definition of ‘very low performers’!
The latest meeting in Madrid, the CCPI report recognised Ireland’s long-term Carbon neutral target for 2050, as well as our plans to to phase out fossil fuels.
The report warns that significant challenges lie ahead in closing Ireland’s emissions gap in meeting current 2030 targets and “aligning its emissions trajectory with a net zero goal for 2050”. Right now, we still rank as the second worst performer in the EU after Poland.
Surely, we can do better than this…