Greens: New Oireachtas Climate Committee should have central role in drafting National Energy and Climate Plan

11th July 2018



Oireachtas Committee, proposed by the Greens, will consider Citizens’ Assembly recommendations on climate change
 
The Green Party said today that the new Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change, which met for the first time this evening in Leinster House, should play a central role in the drafting of a new National Energy and Climate Plan,
 
The Committee will examine the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly, consult with the Secretary Generals of Government Department, and report on recommended policy actions.
 
Following the first meeting of the Committee, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “We pushed for this Committee to be established, so we’re glad it’s up and running and ready to get to work. The Committee will play a key role in the creation of the new National Energy and Climate Plan, which has to be drafted by the end of this year.
 
“We will focus our work in questioning the seven Secretary Generals of key Government Departments on how they intend to incorporate the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly in this new plan.  We need a radical change in climate policy and we believe this Committee can deliver similar results to the work done by the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment.”
 
Senator Grace O'Sullivan, who is a member of the Committee, said: “It's very clear from recent reports that Ireland is not coming close to its moral and international obligations when it comes to tackling our contributions to climate change. We owe it to ourselves, our children and future generations to radically improve our efforts and move Ireland to a post-carbon future. I’m looking forward to getting started on this process.”