While Irish economic growth and prosperity has been remarkable over recent years, it has come at an environmental cost. Decisive action is needed in Ireland to decouple emissions and economic growth and build the foundations of a sustainable, competitive low carbon economy.
The next government must:
1. Bring together industry, trade unions, environmental groups, local representative groups and political parties to chart and implement an agreed way forward on climate change;
2. Meet our international climate obligations;
3. Promote climate smart planning to help enable the roll-out of strategic energy, infrastructure, the development of public transport, afforestation and carbon sequestration;
4. Introduce new supports and incentives to help businesses and households improve their energy efficiency and encourage new renewable technologies.