Minister Bruton Delivers National Statement at COP 25 climate conference.

Climate Action Plan Brought to International Stage

Ireland joins Climate Neutrality Coalition

Minister to sign Niulakita High Ambition Declaration on Shipping

Government doubles contribution to Green Climate Fund for global climate action

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr Richard Bruton T.D. has today (Wednesday the 11th of December) travelled to Madrid, Spain to deliver Ireland’s national statement at the Twenty-fifth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 25).

Speaking from Madrid today the Minister said,

“Climate disruption is the biggest challenge of our time. It requires an unprecedented level of international co-operation. I believe it can be done and Ireland is determined to play its part. We are now implementing the Climate Action Plan which will ensure we meet our future climate commitments, putting us on a trajectory to be net zero emissions by 2050.”

The Minister will deliver Ireland’s national statement today. He will also participate in a number of high level negotiations, as the  final elements of the rule book for the Paris Agreement continues to be agreed by the signatories.

Ireland is among a coalition of countries which will support higher ambition. The Carbon Neutrality Coalition (CNC) commits countries to:

  • The development of long-term low greenhouse gas emission climate-resilient strategies;
  • Demonstrating and showcasing such strategies with the objective, inter alia, of mainstreaming climate action throughout the economy and incentivising investment flows and technological innovation;
  • Providing leadership “through exchange of experiences, information, tools and case studies towards setting pathways for carbon neutrality”;
  • Advocating for increased global ambition on mitigation and undertaking climate action to match the ambition reflected in the Paris Agreement;
  • Encouraging other countries to become members of the Coalition;
  • Encouraging alignment of subnational and non-State actors with the objectives of the Coalition.  

Minister Bruton said,

“In September Ireland led a UN Youth Forum on Climate at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York – 140 states and over 1,000 young people took part. The message was clear. Act now so we don’t rob young people of their inheritance and, empower new ideas.

“Since then Ireland has mobilized the 2020 budget behind our Climate Action Plan. By joining the  neutrality Coalition we commit to develop the roadmap for 2050, to embed this goal in every element of policy to mobilize citizens and enterprise and to work with other countries for concerted effort. The world is watching. We must catch this historic tide in the affairs of mankind.”

The Minister will also confirm Ireland’s support for the Niulakita High Ambition Declaration on Shipping which promotes short, medium and long-term measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime transport sector by at least 40% by 2030 and at least 70% by 2050 compared to 2008.

Minister Bruton said,

“All sectors must step up and decarbonise to secure the kind of radical change that is needed.”

The Minister announced that Ireland is signing up to a multi-annual pledge to the Green Climate Fund which helps developing countries make the transition doubling our annual commitment during this period, with a total contribution of €18million for the period 2019 to 2023. This is in addition to € 196.7million international climate finance.  Ireland has contributed from 2016 to 2018 s to developing countries. Ireland has also committed an additional €3M in total funding in 2019 to the Least Developed Countries which focuses its support to the countries vulnerable to climate change.

“As we look to increase climate ambition it is crucial that we support those who will find it the most difficult to make the transition Ireland is doubling our annual contribution to the Green Climate Fund in addition to the €80M international climate finance Ireland contributed in 2018to support developing countries for climate action measures.”

This funding will go towards providing technical expertise and helping developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate disruption.

Ireland remains fully committed to implementing the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The Climate Action Plan, published earlier this year, is the Government’s plan to ensure Ireland reaches the 2030 emissions targets and puts us on a trajectory to be net zero emissions by 2050.