Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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In terms of our Paris obligations, to what extent can peat or forestry contribute to the targets we are setting for 2030 and 2050? Allied to that question, do we need to change the way the inventory is measured at EU level? It is my understanding that neither peat nor forestry falls into the existing inventory.

The big question then is how to drive both peat restoration and forestry, which are far below where they ought to be, even with relatively timid ambitions. How do we drive them up to the levels of hectares per annum that we need to get to? In particular, what is the role of Bord na Móna and Coillte, two State bodies with much experience. Coillte has done relatively little planting and Bord na Móna is embarking on a programme of restoration. Could we support that in going faster and further, bringing a wider community with it?