Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements
Will the Minister update the House on the production of the terms of reference for the security review and indicate whether he will consult on the matter? I return to the policy statement on petroleum exploration and production activities as part of Ireland's transition to a low-carbon economy. Such activities would call into question the Government's desire to consult on Ireland's national energy and climate action plan and pre-empt the energy security review to which the Government committed. What the Minister of State, Deputy Canney, stated in the foreword was surprising. How does the Government reconcile that with ecosystem protection, given what UCC and others have stated? Did the Minister of State consult energy companies prior to drawing that conclusion and was it signed off at Cabinet level? There has been little discussion or oversight of it.
On the NECP, I seek the exact date on which the Government will publish the draft document. It is important from the perspective of the Joint Committee on Climate Action. There was little information in that regard prior to the committee meeting earlier and the Minister should clarify the date.
Will the Government produce sectoral emission reduction pathways, and if so, when?