The Citizens’ Assembly has voted overwhelmingly in favour of Ireland taking measures to address climate change.
97% of members voted in favour of climate change being at the centre of government policy-making. 80% of the group in Malahide today agreed they would pay higher taxes to reduce emissions.
The results of the secret ballot will now be submitted to the Oireachtas.
The 13 recommendations aim to ensure Ireland catches up with the European average – and bring us closer to our 2020 target.
Only two recommendations received less than 90% support.
This afternoon, Professor John Fitzgerald, the chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council warned that we need to think even further into the future.
“Another problem for policy makers and for us all is that we don’t know actually the road to 2050 – to where we want to get,” he said.
“If for example we go for electric cars – and that looks like part of the way we are going to deal with this problem – what happens if electricity is still being produced with coal?
“So we need to map out – if we are going with electric cars – we need electricity to no longer be produced with fossil fuels by 2050.”
This is the fourth time the Assembly has met to discuss climate action.
Yesterday, members were told that car congestion levels in Dublin are at 43% - with campaigners warning there needs to be more radical thinking about the future of the transport sector.
Delegates have already heard that the world is facing major problems – with Ireland set to miss its climate targets by a wide margin.