The Supreme Court of Ireland has ordered the government to take appropriate steps to achieve climate neutrality. This decision- known as the ‘Irish climate case’ – is only the second such case in the world. The first one took place in the Netherlands.
The case was initiated by Friends of the Irish Environment, on behalf of Irish citizens. The organization accused the government of failing to act in the face of climate change. The decision of the Supreme Court orders the introduction of amendments to the plan, which should be more ambitious, and according to the Paris Agreement, for example, it should aim to achieve zero CO2 emissions by the year 2050. The Irish government will now have to come up with a new plan, which would be more friendly to the climate. It is a real challenge ahead of them.