Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today welcomed the findings of the UK Committee on Climate Change on the appropriateness of NI Climate Change legislation.
Minister Durkan’s comments follow an update from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change which advised that the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland mean that locally led and developed legislation could be an advantage.
Minister Durkan said: “I believe this independent advice from the UK’s Climate Change Committee supports my argument for legislation. I will use these findings, along with the knowledge and experience I gained in Paris and the responses from the climate change discussion document that I issued last month, to develop firm proposals for legislation to bring forward to my Executive colleagues.
“We are the only region in these Isles without Climate Change legislation. I, like the Committee on Climate Change, believe that we can introduce legislation that takes account of local factors that will provide the clarity and the long term certainty which agriculture, business and industry need. This will be legislation which is not just environmentally and economically right for local people but legislation which will help us play our part in delivering climate justice for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
“It was a privilege to have been in Paris during negotiations leading to the historic international agreement on climate change. It was a huge step forward for our planet now and for future generations. However, it is important that we also take action after Paris; that we build on the momentum and ambition achieved. With nearly every nation on Earth having committed to reducing their emissions I want to deliver on my pledge to do everything I can to ensure Northern Ireland plays its part”.