The government is set to invest €4.5 million in tackling climate change after it was revealed that Ireland is the worst performing European country for climate action.
The UN Climate Conference took place in Poland on Monday, where Ireland was ranked as the 48th out of 56 worldwide countries when it comes to addressing climate issues.
In response to this revelation, Richard Bruton, Minister for Climate Action and Environment has announced significant funding to make Ireland a ‘leader’ in the battle to halt climate change.
It is thought that the funding will go towards a number of projects, including the Green Climate Fund, and the Great Green Wall Initiative.
The Great Green Wall project aims to reduce the impacts of climate change and will increase the resilience of a number of developing countries involved in the scheme.
When completed, it is expected to improve food security, resilience to droughts, and will abate an estimated 250 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
It will also generate an estimated ten million land-based green jobs across Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.
In a statement released to thecity.ie, Minister Bruton said: “Ireland is fully committed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“This conference is about making those commitments stick by agreeing a rule book among all countries so that we are all making progress in a consistent, transparent manner.
“It is the foundation for moving on in the coming months to see how, acting in solidarity, we can stretch our ambitions beyond what we have committed to. We need to be honest with where we are at so that we get to where we need to be.”
The statement said: “Multilateral action is the only way to tackle the global challenge of climate change. This funding is crucial if we are all to meet our global ambition.
“We must support developing countries to adapt and to mitigate against the costs associated with the effects of climate change.
“This funding is in addition to the supports provided by the other Government Departments involved in international climate action this year and represents a further scaling-up of climate finance provided by Ireland.”