Phelan, Ann

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015: Committee Stage

The proposed amendments seek to include, in some fashion, domestic greenhouse gas mitigation targets in the Bill. Amendments Nos. 1 and 2 seek to include a definition of "low-carbon" which has eff...More Button

  Amendment No. 3 calls for the insertion of a mitigation target for 2050 in order to secure an aggregate reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of at least 80% by 2050. As stated, I am o...More Button

  Amendment No. 39 calls for the inclusion of a target of close to 100% decarbonisation of transport, construction and energy sectors and carbon neutrality in agriculture by 2050. This i...More Button

It is the Senator's prerogative to decide whether he should accept my policy statement. I draw his attention to the fact that the first national mitigation plan under the Bill will set out the gre...More Button

  In terms of the mix of mitigation policy measures that will be brought into force in the immediate future, sectoral mitigation inputs from both the energy and agriculture sectors will b...More Button

  Section 1 agreed to.More Button

  Section 2 agreed to.More Button

This amendment seeks to substitute the phrase "have regard to" with "be consistent with", as provided for in section 3(2) which deals with matters that must be considered when the Government approv...More Button

The amendments seek the inclusion of a reference to the principles of climate change justice in section 3(2). I am surprised they have been tabled, given that there is already a reference to clima...More Button

The proposed amendment seeks to shorten the timeframe for the production of the first national mitigation plan from 18 months after enactment of the Bill to just six months. Again, I appreciate th...More Button

This is similar to previous amendments. The proposed amendment seeks to replace the phrase "have regard to" with the word "comply" in section 4(7) which deals with matters that must be considered ...More Button

The proposed amendment calls for the inclusion of a reference to the management of soil carbon and the protection and re-wetting of wetlands when the Minister for the Environment, Community and Loc...More Button

The proposed amendment calls for the national mitigation plan to be adopted by resolution of both Houses of the Oireachtas rather than simply laid before Dáil Éireann after its approval by the Gove...More Button

The proposed amendment seeks to shorten the timeframe for the production of the first statutory national adaptation framework from 24 months after enactment of the Bill to just six months following...More Button

It is important to point out and reiterate that the national adaptation framework will be a complex document that will prescribe the sectors for which sectoral adaptation plans must be developed.More Button

The proposed amendment seeks to insert the word "published" before the phrase "scientific or technical advice" as one item that must be considered. When the Minister for the Environment, Community...More Button

It is worth pointing out that the climate change advisory council is an independent body. The proposed amendment would make it mandatory, rather than optional, for the Government to consult the co...More Button

  By way of background, the climate change advisory council will publish its own annual and periodic review reports and their content will be available to the Government. Moreover, the G...More Button

The proposed amendments call for the complete removal of ex officio members from the climate change advisory council. The council has 11 members and is chaired by Professor John FitzGe...More Button