A great piece of news for Northern Ireland last week was the announcement that a new law was passed targeting net zero emissions by 2050. The additional appointment of a climate change commissioner is also really encouraging news. Previously Northern Ireland was the only part of the UK without climate legislation in place.
Under the new laws, the required reduction in methane, a potent greenhouse gas mostly produced by agriculture, will be limited to 46%. There is also now legal provision for a just transition, including support to help sectors adjust.