Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Ireland

Climate Change Research Programme - CCRP Report 25

Summary: As a Party to the UNFCCC and an EU Member State, Ireland is committed to key climate-protection goals, including ensuring that the average global temperature increase is kept below 2°C. Consideration of 2050 goals is therefore essential for planning and achieving the mitigation targets established under the EU 2020 Climate and Energy Package (CEP).

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-84095-473-9

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Global and EU policy on climate change is in transition as the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) works to shape a future agreement on global actions to address climate change post-2020. Ireland is also at a critical point in decision-making on how to move to a low-carbon economy and society.

As a Party to the UNFCCC and an EU Member State, Ireland is committed to key climate-protection goals, including ensuring that the average global temperature increase is kept below 2°C. Adoption of this goal implies that developed country greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced by 80–95% relative to 1990 levels by 2050. Consideration of 2050 goals is therefore essential for planning and achieving the mitigation targets established under the EU 2020 Climate and Energy Package (CEP).