The Republic of Ireland has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, after the coalition government of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens passed the climate bill back in March 2021. Little policy has been put in place to achieve the 7 per cent per year emissions reductions which will be needed to reach the 2050 target. 

The Irish government’s Climate Action Plan 2050, published in November, sadly relies on state-led solutions and a degrowth mentality which will not allow Ireland to decarbonise without sharp contractions in productivity and growth, and severe disturbances in vital sectors and markets.

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