Supreme Court Ireland finds government climate plan falls “well short”

Ook in mijn favoriete buitenland, Ierland, is een proces geweest zoals dat van Urgenda in Nederland. En ook in Ierland heeft de actie gewonnen.
Zie onderstaand bericht.

31 juli 2020

The case was brought to the Supreme Court by Friends of the Irish Environment after the High Court rejected its case in September.

THE SUPREME COURT has found in favour of a case taken against the government on its plans to tackle climate change.

Chief Justice Clarke found that the government’s National Mitigation Plan falls “well short” of being specific enough to provide the transparency required to comply with the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015. 

The case was brought to the Supreme Court by Friends of the Irish Environment after the High Court rejected its case in September.

Counsel for Friends of the Irish Environment argued that a 2017 government plan to tackle climate change would not have an adequate impact on rising emissions, and that breaches the Act because it did not specify how the government would achieve the 2050 objectives.

They argued that lack of sufficient action from the government was a breach of the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights in the area of rights to life, bodily integrity, and to a healthy environment with human dignity.

Chief Justice Clarke found that the 2015 Act “requires a sufficient level of specificity in the measures identified in a compliant plan that are required to meet the National Transitional Objective by 2050″.

He said that the 2015 Act involves transparency in formal government policy for achieving the climate objectives laid out in the NTO by 2050.

“A compliant plan is not a five-year plan but rather a plan covering the full period remaining to 2050.”

“The Plan falls well short of the level of specificity required to provide that transparency and to comply with the provisions of the 2015 Act,” Chief Justice Clarke found. 

Leenaun, Killary Harbor

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