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Updated Jun 16, 2022

Northern Ireland Climate Change Act published

Northern Ireland's first law to tackle climate change has been published after Stormont passed a new, specific Act.

The Climate Change Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 received Royal Assent on 6 June 2022 and includes a target for net-zero emissions by 2050 as well as a set of interim targets for 2030 and 2040 for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Northern Ireland.

That Act also sets out a few other provisions, including the establishment of carbon budgets and the appointment of a climate change commissioner.

Northern Ireland had been the only part of the UK without climate legislation,...

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