Government pledges to generate 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030
The Government has pledged to generate 70% of the country’s electricity supply from renewable sources by 2030.
The figure is up from the current target for the period, which stands at 55%.
The commitment will form part of the new climate action plan that is being overseen by Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and the Environment Richard Bruton.
Mr Bruton said there would be little point in moving towards electric vehicles if the source of that energy was not clean.
He also said that Government would have to work with people to persuade them that wind farms, including offshore projects, were the right thing for their communities.
“There is no doubt that if we want to decarbonise our economy we are going to have to change things,” Mr Bruton said.
The Government believes this move will require major investment and the costs will be greater than those that exist currently.
“We are not going to be able to deliver renewable sources of power at nil cost,” Mr Bruton added.
He said, however, that while fossil fuels were a cheap source of energy they were causing catastrophic damage to the environment.
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