Business welcomes transformative Climate Bill

October 07, 2020

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today welcomed the publication of the Government’s new Climate Bill.

With the introduction of carbon budgets, sectoral emissions reduction targets, and a reinforced Climate Action Council, the bill will bring much-needed accountability and reform to Irish climate policy. Ibec had called for these changes in its Low Carbon Roadmap published last year.

Commenting on the Bill’s publication, Ibec Senior Climate Policy Executive Conor Minogue said: “For Irish business, the transition presents a no-regrets opportunity to build a better Ireland. If we are smart, we can use the transition to rebuild our economy, enhance our energy security, boost competitiveness, improve quality of life, and create thousands of jobs across the country.

“The Climate Bill is critical to that endeavour. Given the impact the bill will have on Irish society and the economy over the next thirty years, it is imperative that the pre-legislative scrutiny is robust and consultative. Business is ready to work with Government, and all key stakeholders, to ensure the bill is implemented and the new climate targets are ambitious, evidence-based, and achievable.”