Richard Bruton will bring his climate action plan to cabinet today setting out targets to achieve a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Under the new regime emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be avoided completely or offset by planting trees or using technology to extract CO2 from the atmosphere. The plan sets out dramatic policy changes in the areas of tax, waste, planning, transport, construction and agriculture. The measures represent a shift in government policy. Previously it had only committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2050. The government was warned yesterday to ensure that the targets represented a clear plan and not an “aspiration”. The state is also facing the prospect of paying billions in fines unless it meets its targets. Ireland must roughly halve its carbon emissions by 2030, from 60 million tonnes to 33 million tonnes.
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