Gov Launches Climate Targets Consultation

Climate Consultation

A consultation is seeking views on the level of the Isle of Man’s interim greenhouse gas reduction target that once agreed must be achieved by 2030 to help tackle climate change. The island has committed to reach net zero by 2050 – which is the point where emissions from human activity are kept to the levels absorbed by the natural world. Worldwide action is accelerating to limit global warming and combat rising sea levels and extreme weather events such as floods, droughts and storms.

The consultation outlines two options that focus on the high emission sectors of energy, heating, transport and land use/food production

The first would set a reduction target of 35% on the Island’s 2018 levels, which could be achieved through reduced electricity generation emissions and the existing trend in reducing transport and heating emissions.  The second more ambitious target of 45% is in line with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommendation and received broad support from the Manx public in a climate change consultation in August 2021. 

The new consultation provides indications of the sort of actions and their benefits which would enable the targets to be met and asks the public to choose their preferred option by 21 February.

Daphne Caine MHK, Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board (CCTB) said: ‘The level at which we set our interim target will indicate the Island’s ambition to help tackle the global threat of climate change, and can bring about material, reputational, financial and social advantages for the island.’

People will be able to find out more through a series of events by the Climate Change team in the coming weeks and paper copies of the consultation are available all libraries.

Public events: 

  • 31 January – Net Zero Drop In at the Sea Terminal, 12pm-2pm, 
  • 3 February – Net Zero Webinar – electricity generation, Teams (online), 7pm – 8pm
  • 7 February – Net Zero Webinar – heating decarbonisation scenarios, Teams (online), 7pm – 8pm
  • 9 February – Net Zero Webinar – interim targets, Teams (online), 7pm – 8pm
  • 10 February – Net Zero Drop In, Noa Bakehouse, 12pm-2pm
  • 10 February – Net Zero Talks – Transitioning to carbon neutrality, Noa Bakehouse, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Further event details will be released through the Net Zero Website.

The consultation can be found here.

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