July 29, 2022
Pathway now needed to meet Agriculture emissions target – Matt Carthy TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Matt Carthy TD, has said that it is now incumbent on the Minister for Agriculture to outline the additional measures that will deliver the agreed 25% reduction in agricultural emissions by 2030.

Teachta Carthy said:

“Ireland has never reached Climate Action targets under governments comprising of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens. This proves that setting targets without having a plan to implement them is pointless.

“While there has been much debate as to the precise sectoral emission ceiling for Agriculture, there has been little discussion as to how that ceiling will be met in a fair way that protects family farms and the rural communities that depend on them.

“Sinn Féin is absolutely committed to reach net zero to limit global temperatures as well as the interim 2030 target of 51% – our voting record in the Dáil on the Climate Bill and in relation to the carbon budgets reflect exactly that.

“In advance of sectoral targets being agreed, Sinn Féin sought and secured a meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee with the Department of Climate and Agriculture in order to determine what steps would be required for each percentage point beyond the lower 22% limit.

“Both departments were entirely without answer.

“This will understandably cause concern in rural communities who have seen limited underlying documentation that simply outline broad punitive measures. 

“The best way to deliver emission reductions in agriculture is through assessing the current carbon sequestration, storage and emissions on a farm-by-farm basis. 

“This will allow us to incentivise farmers to reduce emissions, increase sequestration measures such as forestry, land restoration, the use mixed species swards; and engage in other important carbon reduction measures such as renewable energy generation. 

“That means, if necessary, any interventions are directed at those who don’t engage in these positive practices rather than broad sweeping schemes that target everyone.

“The Government has additional reports, data, and models that informed their deliberations in advance of the sectoral targets being set – they must now immediately publish these in-full.

“With all available information it will be possible to have an informed discussion involving all stakeholders, bringing the opposition, environmental bodies and farming organisations fully to the table; and attempting to unite broader Irish society behind a pathway that can actually achieve the climate action desperately needed, in a manner that will not be to the detriment of to ordinary workers families and communities.

“The approach by the current parties of government to Climate Action has too often been punitive, divisive and counter-productive. This has resulted in Ireland missing all Climate Action targets to date. Clearly a sea-change is required.

“Sinn Féin stands ready to work with government to bring forward proposals in the aim of achieving climate objectives. For agriculture, this requires a comprehensive plan outlining the measures proposed. 

“The Minister for Agriculture now has an obligation to produce this plan without delay and to engage with opposition and the sectors on its implementation.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

I’m Daithí Doolan & I’m the @sinnfeinireland European election candidate for Dublin, this is my personal story and why I will be a MEP who will stand up for communities, for ordinary workers and families, for Dublin and for Ireland.

Change starts here.

I was honoured to deliver the 2024 Graduation Speech at Westfield State University and speak directly to all of the young people who are about to embark on new, exciting chapters in their lives.

Our young people in Ireland and right across the world are inspirational and gives

€460,000 is not affordable housing!

This government is out of touch and out of ideas.

Sinn Féin will fix the housing crisis and deliver homes that ordinary people can afford to buy and rent.

Change starts with the local and European elections, on June 7th vótáil Sinn Fein!

Hosting the 2028 European Football Championships in a world-class Casement Park presents our island and economy with an unprecedented opportunity.

It will be an enormous boost to our local economy and an epic opportunity to really show the world everything that is great about

Load More