Engineers Ireland welcomes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021


Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland, has welcomed the revised Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021.

The Bill, which will establish a legally binding framework with clear targets and commitments set in law, will see Ireland become a climate resilient, biodiversity-rich, environmentally sustainable and climate-neutral economy by 2050 under revised legislation.

Highlighting the importance of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill, which includes a 51% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this decade, multi-year carbon budgets and strengthening the role of the Climate Change Advisory Council, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Climate breakdown and biodiversity collapse are the most serious issues of our time. Engineers Ireland strongly advocates for the principles and practices of sustainable development and welcomes the ambition of the Climate Action Bill which will provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments.

“Ireland’s engineers have a critical role, and an ethical obligation to play in the transition to a more sustainable, carbon-free society and will use their ingenuity and problem-solving abilities to tackle the greatest challenge faced by modern humanity. Engineers Ireland will continue to support our 25,000 strong engineering community in developing a more sustainable society now and for future generations,” Ms Spillane added.

Prof. Barry McMullin of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at DCU and an Engineers Ireland spokesperson, said: “The planet has ecological limits and a finite ecological capacity, therefore a paradigm shift is required to realign humanity’s planetary impacts  within this capacity. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated our ability to make dramatic improvements for the good of society, including rapid innovation in healthcare technology and the built environment.

"Through the publication of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 and its implementation, there is a real opportunity now to make sustainability and climate action central to Ireland’s recovery, in order to reduce human impact on the environment while improving quality of life for all.”

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