Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Examination of the Third Report of the Citizens' Assembly (Resumed)

12:00 pm

Lord Deben:

We next have the second report on land use. The one we published was the preliminary report. We were trying to clear the ground. I am sorry, as that was a bit of a pun and I did not mean it. We tried to make it clear what we would be addressing. We will follow that report with a second one this time next year.

We have an aviation report that is relatively imminent. The Department for Transport has produced the preliminary part of its report. We put some more in, then it did the same. So far, it has been moving in the right direction. We must push it a bit further.

It is difficult to know how long it will take us, but we will produce a key report at some point in late spring in response to the UK Government's request for us to say how the UK ought to move towards net zero. That will be a difficult report to produce. We must first define what we mean by "net zero". Do we mean net zero greenhouse gas emissions or net zero carbon emissions? We must then express how that move might be done. We are working on that report now.