It is surprising that comments from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Government’s Climate Action Plan report last Thursday did not receive more attention – either within national media or from farm organisations. For the first time, there was a clear indication from Government that the approach taken to calculating Ireland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is flawed and that the allocation of emissions from our export-focused agricultural sector should be treated differently in accounting methodology.

At the launch, the Taoiseach said: