Climate and Nature
We have just seven years to stop the worst impacts of the climate crisis – seven years to do everything we can to avoid an irreversible climate catastrophe.
The challenge is immense – and the government’s climate action plan doesn’t come close to meeting it. Even if every measure in the plan is implemented, our emissions will only go down by 29% by 2030 – nowhere near the 51% target.
The Case for Climate Action
If we, as a country, commit to taking climate action, it will be transformative. It will lead to new employment opportunities; warmer homes; cleaner air and water; more sustainable farming practices; more liveable towns and cities; and a better quality of life – for everyone.
We must listen to the science – and make the large-scale structural changes that are now required to stop a climate disaster. We need to be ambitious, creative and decisive.
And at the core of any climate policy, must be climate justice – the assurance that those least able to afford the transition to a zero carbon economy will not bear the heaviest burden. This commitment has to be more than hollow words – it must be enshrined in law.
Our Climate and Nature Priorities
- Create a €5 billion climate transformation fund – to set up a new semi-state company to invest in renewables like off-shore wind
- Establish a €1.5 billion fair transition fund for farmers and rural communities
- Oversee the roll-out of solar panels on 100,000 homes per year, to lower energy bills and make the country more energy secure
- Invest in public transport, particularly local link services for our towns and villages
- Expand our national parks and resource them to protect nature and biodiversity
Find Out More
You can read more about our policies and plans in our Climate policy document, linked below.