Speaking today at the European Commission offices in Dublin, five months after the COP21 talks in Paris, and two months before the EU Commission's final proposal on each member state's climate targets for 2030, the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate Change, Miguel Arias Cañete, said that all sectors, including agriculture, have an important role to play in helping countries reach their emission reduction targets.

He added, however, that the Commission is aware of "the specific situation with regard to agriculture in Ireland".