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Concern as Ireland is predicted to fail to meet its GHG target by wide margins!

Date: 11/05/2017
Concern as Ireland is predicted to fail to meet its GHG target by wide margins!

“Ireland in danger of missing Emission targets : According to projections by the EPA, Increased greenhouse gas emissions within the agricultural and transport sectors could cause Ireland to miss its EU 2020 target of reducing Greenhouse gas emissions by 20% on 2005’s figures.

The predicted reduction by 2020 for the non-traded sector (including agriculture, transport, non-energy intensive industry and waste) is 4-6% below 2005 levels, with 74% of this being attributed to Agriculture and transport.

Laura Burke, EPA’s director general commented that; “…they are a disappointing indicator that current policy measures are failing in an improving economy.” She pointed out that Ireland is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. She said that if we are to achieve a low-carbon economy, new measures are needed.

An overall emission increase of 5.4% was noted by the (EPA). Below are some of the areas in which the emissions increase is alarming:

  • Aviation emissions increased by 23%,
  • Cement industry emissions by 6.8%
  • Power generation by 6.6%.


When asked about the increase in these figures, EPA programme manager, Dr Tom Ryan described them as disappointing and noted that we need to break our dependence on fossil energy to allow us deliver on national policy targets.

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Source: Concern as greenhouse gas emissions projected to increase



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