29. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will be attending the Bonn COP conference in November 2017; if he will be able to give a commitment that the State will meet its obligations under the Paris treaty; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41844/17 asked on 04 Oct 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Speaking of Ardnacrusha, that was a moment when the State made a radical decision which worked to build a hydro-electric energy station.
3 o’clockWill the Minister be attending the Bonn climate conference and will he have to admit there that on the critical question of climate change, the Government is failing to take the kind of radical action necessary to avoid massive fines for the State’s failure to meet emission targets, and to take seriously the move to transit...

640. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding Ireland’s progress on commitments made under the Paris Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32662/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I refer to the reply to Question No. 80 of 27 June 2017.
The Paris Agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, aims to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement is designed to meet this objective through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by all parties to the agreement. I...

80. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he expects to conclude negotiations with the EU on Ireland’s 2030 climate targets; and the starting point that Ireland will be set in 2020 in having to reach the latter targets. (Question 29792/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Paris Agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, aims to limit global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition of 1.5 degrees Celsius. The Agreement is designed to meet this objective through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by all parties to the agreement. In this regard, the European Union submitted an NDC commit...

51. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he has had any contact or discussions with his US counterpart on the issue of climate change and targets contained in the Paris Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13930/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in 2015.  The major outcome of COP 21 was the agreement by over 180 countries to restrict the impact of emissions on global warming and to limit temperature rises to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition of limiting this increase to 1.5°C. The entry into force of the Paris Agre...

41. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he received an invitation to the United Nations climate change conference in Marrakesh in the second week of November 2016. (Question 36040/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Deputy Paul Murphy: I understand the Minister attended the climate change conference in Marrakesh, COP 22. I ask him for a report of what happened there. I understand afterwards the Minister promised to set out a roadmap to transition to a low-carbon economy. I ask him to outline how that will happen.
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62. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the engagement he has had with his counterpart in the Northern Executive regarding an all-island approach to the agreements made in Paris regarding climate change. (Question 38571/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The global response to the challenges of climate change is driven by the Paris Agreement, which entered into force last month. The Agreement has an overall goal of restricting global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an ambition to limit it to a 1.5°C increase above pre-industrial levels. It aims to tackle 95% of global emissions through 188 Nationally Determined Contribution...

3. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his role in the recent climate change conference in Paris in France; his views on the comments by the Taoiseach at the conference that the European Commission’s climate targets for 2020 for Ireland were unrealistic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44255/15 asked on 10 Dec 2015 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: The Paris climate summit is attempting to prevent climate chaos as a result of global warming. Many people were very disappointed by the Taoiseach’s comments to the effect that Ireland’s emissions targets for agriculture were unrealistic and are fearful that the Irish Government is not serious about addressing the urgent threat to this country and to the globe.
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202. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the Conference of Parties 21 in Paris in France; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43469/15 asked on 10 Dec 2015 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): COP21 is the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is currently taking place in Paris until 11 December 2015. 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are currently in Paris in an effort to negotiate a new legally binding global agreement on climate change. The Paris agreement should provide an enabling platform for all Parties to pursue lo...

253. Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the discussion he had on hydraulic fracturing at the recent climate change conference in Peru. (Question 48638/14 asked on 17 Dec 2014 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): I had no discussions on hydraulic fracturing during my participation in the recent climate change conference. At a national level the position remains as outlined to the House on a number of occasions, no decisions will be made on any proposal for the use of hydraulic fracturing in exploration drilling as part of an unconventional gas exploration programme, until there has been time to complete and consider the outco...

489. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding Ireland’s response to EU or other international agreements in relation to climate change; if a progressive plan has been formulated to address any issues arising with a view to ensuring that no damage is done in the context of economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26152/14 asked on 17 Jun 2014 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Government is committed to meeting Ireland’s obligations at an EU and international level , as reflected in the National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development and the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill , both of which I published in April of this year. Head 3 of the General Scheme is unequivocal on obligations of the State under EU and international law.
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377. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a copy of the Government’s initial analysis of the technical background to the European Commission’s communication on 2030 climate targets, which, he told the Council of Ministers, raised some serious issues of concern from a national perspective, including concerns relating to the anticipated marginal abatement cost on which the framework is based and the projected overall cost in terms of GDP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12015/14 asked on 11 Mar 2014 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Technical analysis of the Commission’s proposal is on-going and will not be completed for some time. The Impact Assessment, published in tandem with the Commission Communication on a policy framework for climate and energy in the period 2020 to 2030, provides indications of where the burden would fall in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the event that the proposal is accepted as presented and in its ...

9. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on the climate change talks recently concluded in Poland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51924/13 asked on 05 Dec 2013 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Warsaw from 11 to 22 November, in conjunction with the 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol; the 39th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies on Implementation and Scientific and Technical Advice, and the third part of the second session of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action...

149. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the climate change talks that recently concluded in Poland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52066/13 asked on 05 Dec 2013 - Climate Change Negotiations)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): I refer to the reply to Question No.9 on today’s Order Paper, which sets put the position in this matter. 
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