Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements
I asked the Minister a number of questions in my initial contribution. What level of fines were paid as a result of our failure to reach our targets? What level of fines will be paid if we fail to reach our overall target in 2020? The Department has not communicated if a further public consultation will be held on the finalised NECP. When does the Minister intend to publish the draft NECP? Earlier Deputy Sherlock referenced the deliberations in committee today regarding the uncertainty around that date. We would like to make a submission to that process so I would like to know if the Minister intends to allocate the necessary resources for that consultation.
On the just transition commissioner, concern was expressed across the committee today about the one-man band, Mr. Kieran Mulvey. While I have some faith in him as just transition commissioner, it appears that his appointment was a panic reaction by the Minister and the Department in that he was contacted by telephoned when the Minister got word that the two stations would be closing. The Minister needs to provide more detail around the choreography of that appointment, including whether he had been planning it over a number of weeks because Mr. Mulvey was not consulted about the terms of reference. It is important that we get more detail on that.