Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 8 May 2014
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications
EU Energy Policy: European Commission
I thank Mr. Mamer. Could the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and the required contribution of the various sectors to do that cause a conflict? Solving one problem may cause another. For instance, it would have an impact on agriculture in Ireland where there is a need for food security and increasing food production.
Could this have a negative effect on development or on maximising the potential for agriculture in Ireland? The need to protect the environment must also be considered, as must the cost of renewable energy to replace the reduction in carbon use. I am sure Mr. Mamer is aware of the significant controversy here currently about wind farms, the height of pylons and whether to put cables under or over ground and the effect the proposed development would have on the environment if it goes ahead as proposed.
Mr. Mamer mentioned the current situation in Ukraine and the Russian supply of gas, and spoke about the need for a long-term structure to avoid the dangers in that regard. Will he outline the danger that exists if the gas is switched off in the morning? What would the implications be for Europe and for Ireland?
Mr. Mamer also gave the figures for the targets. How does Ireland rate compared to other European countries in regard to meeting its targets for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions?