Green Party Satisfied With New...


Green Party Satisfied With New Emissions Target

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Senator Pauline O'Reilly says the Green Party is satisfied with the government's emissions targets, saying it 'feels better' knowing additional measures will be taken alongside the reductions.

The decision to cut the agriculture sector's greenhouse gas emissions by 25% was met with pushback on both sides.

Party Chair Senator O'Reilly says she would have liked a higher target, but understands the need for realistic goals.

"We would love to see 30%.  Of course we would, but I think that you have to bring people with you".

"I think that the best deal was done overall."

In 2020, the agricultural sector accounted for 37% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

"Now the task is to deliver and to make farmers in particular feel that it is achievable, but let's not forget about all the other sectors."

The energy sector aims for a 75% reduction in emissions. Transport will halve its emissions and industry will see a 35-45% cut.

"Given that there are additional measures, I think that it makes us feel better about it."

"There's an awful lot of work to be done and what we wanted to do was get this thing over the line", said O'Reilly.

"This is ultimately about getting action done."

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