Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said the Government's National Mitigation Plan on climate change is "still not there" and that it lacks ambition or a sense of direction.

The public consultation plan launched yesterday by Minister for Climate action Denis Naughten outlines how the Government aims to meet EU greenhouse emissions targets for 2020 and 2030 and achieve a low carbon economy by 2030.

Mr Ryan said Ireland is still burning coal and peat and it has to stop.

In addition, he called for a move towards renewable energies and a better use of public transport and electrical cars.

Mr Ryan said it did not make sense to continue with the status quo and Ireland is missing out on the way the modern economy is going.

Modern, more advanced economies were, he said, moving into alternative energies.

Mr Ryan said there was a lot of opportunity to move to renewable energies, such as solar and off shore wind, but these abilities were not being harnessed.

He added there was no political ambition for action.