The Climate Advisory Council has stressed the urgent need for the Government to implement already identified priority measures, at both national and local levels, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In its fourth annual review the Council strongly recommends that carbon tax, which is currently set at €26 per tonne should be raised to €35 in the budget and rise to €100 by 2030.

It said this will be an effective tool for changing fuel usage and delivering long-term emission reductions.

2019 was the ninth consecutive year with temperatures above normal in Ireland while the winter of 2018/2019 was the warmest winter on record in 119 years.

The Climate Advisory Council said recent extreme August storms, Storm Ellen and Storm Francis, highlight how vulnerable we are and that adaptation to climate change is essential.

However, the council is frustrated and is stressing the need to move on from planning and talking about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and get on with taking action.

The council said it would also serve to cancel out the reductions in fuel prices over the last year which would otherwise lead to an increase in emissions.

The council is also concerned that the current approach to subsidising electric vehicles will prove very expensive and yet will still fail to achieve the electrification of the national car fleet.

It is urging the Government to supplement this with increases in Vehicle Registration Tax, Road Tax, and taxes on petrol and diesel vehicles, along with regulations in order to reduce transport emissions.

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