NI called on to set 80% emissions 2030 target: Northern Ireland’s leaders have been called on by SSE Renewables to set an ambitious renewable energy target in its upcoming Energy Strategy of 80% emissions reductions by the end of the decade.

The need of a clear roadmap has also been stressed by the firm, to lead to the decarbonisation of the energy sector in the region to be established – an announcement made by Economy Minister Diane Dodds last week preceded the calls, in which she promised that Northern Ireland will commit to a target of at least 70% reductions by 2030.

A goal of at least 80% is needed to ensure the country can meet net zero by 2050 and help drive a green recovery, SSE Renewables suggests.

Director of Development at SSE Renewables, Barry Kilcline said: “Northern Ireland should use the opportunity of agreeing a new energy strategy to set an ambitious 80% renewable electricity target, that would build on the success of the region to date in harnessing renewable energy.

“An ambitious 80% target will ensure Northern Ireland meets net zero emissions by 2050 and will also signal the intent of Northern Ireland to remain competitive with our neighbours across the UK and the Republic of Ireland where high targets have already been adopted.”

NI called on to set 80% emissions 2030 target

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