British-Irish Council: Summit

Part of Ministerial Statements – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 10:30 am on 30th November 2021.

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Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP 10:30 am, 30th November 2021

Both have set a net zero target in accordance with the Paris agreement. The United Kingdom is considerably further down the road towards achieving net zero than the Republic of Ireland, which has a much greater challenge. As part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland is cooperating with achieving that target. We have therefore taken advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC). It is a specialist committee that is renowned worldwide and is made up of scientists who are held in high regard in that field and bring a lot of quality to the argument. We should take major cognisance of what they have to say about climate change.