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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Business of Joint Committee (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Before we begin, I remind members that this meeting cannot go on longer than the two hours scheduled as this will have a knock-on effect on other committees meeting later today. I ask members and witnesses to be as succinct and direct as possible in their questions and contributions. In that regard, can I get the committee's agreement that contributions by members will be limited to five...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: I welcome Professor John Sweeney of Maynooth University and an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, contributing member and Dr. Andrew Jackson of the Sutherland School of Law in University College Dublin. Our witnesses are appearing remotely from outside the Leinster House complex. They will be invited to make a brief opening statement which will be followed by a question and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: The Professor has had ten minutes to make his statement and the committee would appreciate it if he could sum up in the next minute or two.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Thank you. I will now take questions from members in the order in which they raised their hands. I remind members to speak directly to the bell. If possible, we will have a second round of questions. There are five minutes for each member's questions and answers, which I will enforce strictly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Apologies for cutting across Professor Sweeney but that five-minute slot is up. If he wants to make further observations in writing to the committee, we would welcome those-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: -----especially if he wants to expand on the points he made or considers he has not addressed Deputy Bruton's question.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Thank you, Senator.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: We have to allow time for the witnesses to respond. Dr. Jackson might like to respond first.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: We are again out of time on this question, but Senator Boylan is happy to receive a written response from both witnesses regarding the IPCC reference to biogenic methane.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: We will keep going, and I call Senator Pauline O'Reilly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: I think the other issues were addressed to Dr. Jackson, and I will give him some latitude in responding to Senator O'Reilly.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: I invite Mr. Jackson to respond to Deputy Whitmore.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: I thank Dr. Jackson. He can submit further observations or elaborate on his comments in writing if he wishes.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Yes. I advise the witnesses to send answers in writing to the committee secretariat, which will then circulate them to all the members of the committee.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Deputy Cronin has a minute remaining if she wish to reply.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: I call Deputy O'Sullivan.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Does Dr. Jackson have a comment to make on the issue of sanctions?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: Thank you, Dr. Jackson. Everyone who indicated has spoken. We will now have a second round of questions and we will group them together and then revert to the witnesses. If members raise their hands to indicate I will take questions from three members, namely Senators Boylan and Higgins and Deputy Devlin.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: We will take questions from a few members and then revert to Dr. Jackson.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: General Scheme of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: Discussion (Resumed) (21 Oct 2020)

Brian Leddin: The Senator has asked a lot of questions. I call Deputy Devlin for the last question.

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