Ireland’s Minister for Climate Change, Denis Naughten, has advised the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy that the country is “fully committed” to the climate agenda.

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Minister Denis Naughten; Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete and Minister Michael Creed in the Mansion House, Dublin

He stressed however that given the efforts Ireland was making at national level, it was “imperative” that our contribution to tackling climate change was fully achievable and addressed key challenges in meeting our EU and international obligations, balancing key concerns, social and economic realities.

“It will be really important that a whole of Government approach is adopted, covering all of the relevant sectors, including transport, agriculture, industy, etc.”

He added that Ireland has the potential to make “significant savings” regarding energy efficiency from domestic and commercial sources.

“We need a joined up appraoch to climate change and fiscal perspectives to enable investment to be mobilised.”