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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Photo of Eoin Ó BroinEoin Ó Broin (Dublin Mid West, Sinn Fein)
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329. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the targets the Defence Forces have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 2050. [57076/21]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Government launched the Climate Action Plan 2021 on Thursday 4th November – an ambitious plan to put Ireland on a more sustainable path, cutting emissions, creating a cleaner, greener economy and society and protecting us from the devastating consequences of climate change. The Plan sets a roadmap for taking decisive action to halve our emissions by 2030 and set us on a pathway to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050, as committed to in the Programme for Government and set out in our Climate Act 2021.

In order to achieve this, the Defence Forces are implementing plans to achieve a 7% year on year reduction in energy consumption. These ambitious targets will be achieved by each service of the Defence Forces playing it’s part.

The Defence Forces are striving to achieve a 51% reduction in CO2 emission against a baseline of the average 2016-2018.


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