Climate change legislation, an area of vital concern for Ireland and particularly for Irish agriculture, is very much a live issue at the present time.

The national aspects of such legislation are inextricably linked with the international aspects. At the national level, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015, published in January, is currently making its way through the Oireachtas and is expected to become law later this year. At the European level, the outlines of a Climate and Energy Package for 2030 were agreed last October by the EU Council. At the world level, the UN is preparing for a major climate conference in Paris in December, aimed at reaching international agreement on a global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.