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MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but said radical and immediate action is needed to tackle climate change.

Sinn Féin's Environmental spokesperson was commenting after the British government pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 0% by 2050.

Cathal Boylan said “Today’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is welcome, but immediate action is needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Flooding near Ballyholland in 2015. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Flooding near Ballyholland in 2015. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

“The island of Ireland is already experiencing significant climate change with the warmest years we have experienced occurring within the last three decades.

“In the north we must address emissions as we aim to hit the targets under the Paris Accord and this needs to be reflected in any new Programme for Government.

“We also need to see climate legislation introduced in the north which includes binding sectoral targets alongside the strengthening of existing legislation in the south.

“Sinn Féin are committed to radically tackling climate change. But this must happen sooner rather than later. It cannot wait until 2050. Now is the time for climate action.”

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