A board has been established to hold the government and public bodies to account on climate change. The Climate Action Delivery Board will operate from the Department of the Taoiseach and will publish quarterly reports on each government department’s progress. Leo Varadkar said: “We have dealt with environmental threats in the past like the depletion of the ozone layer and acid rain and I am confident we can overcome this threat also.” The announcement came as activists blocked roads during a series of protests across the UK and Ireland yesterday decrying “inaction” on climate change. The Irish government published its climate action plan last month, with an aim to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2050. The plan includes a target of having almost a million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be banned.
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