Supreme Court overturns Ireland’s plan to combat climate change

Aug 10, 2020

The Supreme Court of Ireland unanimously ruled that the National Mitigation Plan (2017-2022) to combat climate change lacks specificity and was reportedly “excessively vague and aspirational.”  The Court also found that the plan does not give sufficient detail about how Ireland will become a  low carbon economy by the end of 2050 and therefore does not meet Ireland’s obligations under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015.

Following this ruling, the Government must now devise a new plan, taking into account the Supreme Court’s findings.