Irish exporters wary of proposed climate regulations
According to the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), a proposed 50 percent increase in Ireland's existing carbon reduction target "would place unrealistic restrictions" on the sourcing of raw materials for the agri-food and drink export sector.
‘‘Food and drink exporters have been through a very tough few years, but now thankfully markets are opening up again, exchange rates are stabilizing, and the prospects for the next few years are improving," Bernard Coyle chairman of the group's food and drink export council, said in a statement. "The last thing we need now is an added noose around our necks in Ireland that will push up our raw material and operating costs."
Coyle also said that by increasing costs, the proposed Climate Change Bill will hurt the ability for the IEA to compete in the international market. The IEA's numbers show that Ireland's increase would be 50 percent higher than the carbon reduction targets of surrounding EU nations.
‘‘The challenge is to meet all the emissions standards in a competitive way and not undermine the improving opportunities in export markets that are opening up for Irish producers," Coyle said. "There has been no consultation with the main producers and exporters of food and drink products, with regard to the targets proposed in this bill. The IEA Food and Drink Export Council strongly urge a full consultation process before moving any further with this bill. ’’