The EU has set a target to be the first climate-neutral continent. My priority is to ensure that the financial support and technical assistance that will be provided is targeted towards peripheral areas and towards helping those that are most affected by the move towards the green economy. Many Irish people support sustainability but building on that support should not put our citizens at a disadvantage.
Whether it is agriculture, industry or transport; local, national or European, we must all work to eliminate waste and to reduce our use of resources. Such a change is better for all of us, but the costs should not be borne by the few. The circular approach will work best if there are incentives for people to engage and adequate compensation or viable alternatives for those sectors which are most affected.
The European Green Deal provides an action plan to:
- boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy
- restore biodiversity and cut pollution
My priority is to ensure that the roll out of this deal will not have a negative impact on the citizens of Midlands North-West. We should then be supported to exploit any possibilities which might arise as a result of this plan.