This 2022 Annual Review considers the progress of Ireland’s national climate goals in 2021 – the first year of the Carbon Budget 2021-2025 – and updates our understanding of Ireland’s resilience to climate change through climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. The report also presents a review of progress in respect of national and EU targets at a national and sectoral level.
In the review, the council expresses concern regarding the global energy crisis, global food security and high levels of inflation with implications, particularly, for the poor.
Accordingly, the Climate Change Advisory Council has called for swift and decisive action to support people and communities this winter by addressing Ireland’s dependence on harmful fossil fuels, which it says is a root cause of high energy costs, supply instability and high levels of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Council, which published its Annual Review for 2022 today, has said that the transition to more affordable, clean and secure energy must be urgently progressed and focus on measures that can be immediately deployed to assist those most in need in the coming months and the years ahead.
Pinpointing long standing barriers to a sustainable, resilient and low carbon future, the Council has called on the Government to ensure that action supports households, communities and businesses through this energy crisis in order to reduce Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels. The Council has made specific recommendations to support consumers and reduce emissions in the areas of transport, electricity, buildings and industry.