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10 December 2008 News story

Northern Ireland’s role – 10 December 2008

Northern Ireland will have a vital role to play in contributing towards UK-wide effort to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 34% by 2020 relative to 1990 levels (21% relative to 2005), revealed the Committee on Clmate Change (CCC) today. This should be increased to 42% relative to 1990 (31% relative to 2005) once a global deal to reduce emissions is achieved. The CCC says meeting these targets is necessary to contain the threat of climate change.
1 December 2008 News story

N Ireland’s emissions can be reduced at manageable cost to economy – 1 December 2008

Northern Ireland has the potential to contribute more to UK action on climate change, said the CCC’s Chief Executive, David Kennedy. The Northern Ireland Assembly recently pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the authority by 25% by 2025, relative to 1990 levels. But yesterday, at an event in Stormont, Belfast,  Kennedy said that emissions could be reduced by 2 MTCO2e, if steps were taken to improve energy efficiency in buildings and industry, to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles and make changes in the agriculture and forestry sectors.  This would put Northern Ireland on track to contribute towards a UK wide target of reducing emissions by at least 34% in 2020.