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The National Climate Change Strategy
The purpose of the National Climate Change Strategy 2007 – 2012 was to demonstrate clearly how Ireland would meet its 2008 – 2012 Kyoto Protocol commitment (i.e. GHG emissions to be limited to 13% above 1990 levels per annum from 2008 – 2012). It was also designed to show how the measures taken would lower Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions further in the post-2012 period. Now that we are in the post-2012 period, the strategies that are in place to deliver those measures are detailed in the following documents:
- Ireland's obligations under the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period;
- The Programme for the Development of National Climate Policy and Legislation (2012)
- The National Climate Adaptation Framework (2012)
- Climate Change Bill (2013)
- Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill (2015)
The EU has independently committed itself to reducing its GHG emissions to 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. Additionally, it has committed to a reduction of 30% of its GHG emissions by 2020, on the condition that other developed nations commit themselves to similar targets and that more advanced developing nations also make a firm commit to cutting emissions according to their capabilities. More information can be found on the European Climate Adapation Platform's website. The Paris agreement in 2015 committed EU members to reducing emissions by at least 40% by 2030.
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