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Ireland has a ‘challenge beyond compare’ to cut carbon emissions

Ireland has a 'challenge beyond compare' to cut carbon emissions Ireland has a "steep mountain to climb" in a "challenge beyond compare" when it comes to reducing emissions by 50% by the end of the decade.  Those were some of the stark conclusions made by the new chairperson of the Climate Change Advisory Council, Marie Donnelly, and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan at an event by the British-Iris...
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Local authorities identify key ways to help reduce carbon emissions

All 31 local authorities in Ireland are gearing up to play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and helping the country adapt for the inevitable consequences of climate disruption, especially extreme weather events, according to Sligo County Council chief executive Ciarán Hayes. Commenting on a report issued on Tuesday outlining how local authorities have increased climate actions since 201...
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Minister admits plan to cut carbon emissions is not working

Ireland faces huge challenges to meet binding 2020 EU targets, says Minister. The Green Party has called for a complete overhaul of the National Development Plan following the Minister for Climate Action’s admission that current policies to tackle rising emissions are failing. In an interview with The Irish Times published today, Denis Naughten, TD admits that the State’s National Mitigation...
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Ireland to set annual emissions goals to reach 2050 carbon neutrality

Ireland’s new coalition government has set itself an ambitious goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  Under the coalition agreement, the three parties committed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average 7% per year, adding up to 51% by 2030. They promised to enshrine in law a target to reach net zero emissions by 205...
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EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) emissions continue to decline

EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) emissions continue to decline Under current and planned measures, EU Member States project that ETS emissions will continue to decrease in the coming decades albeit at a slower pace than historically, according to the latest annual European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing 'Trends and projections in the EU ETS' published today. On recent trends, greenhouse gas e...
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Scientists warn that planet will be unliveable if emissions are not reduced

Scientists warn that planet will be unliveable if emissions are not reduced A UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report provides irrefutable evidence that global warming is caused by human activity, showing that its effects are likely to worsen, and has led to widespread calls for more ambitious targets to be adopted by global leaders. The report, compiled by more than 230 clima...
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EU’s ambitious carbon plan locks Ireland into even bigger emission cuts

EU’s ambitious carbon plan locks Ireland into even bigger emission cuts Ireland’s better-than-expected economic growth has landed the Government with tougher carbon-reduction targets under the EU’s latest climate plan - 'Fit for 55'.  Emissions from transport, heating, agriculture, waste and from small industry will have to come down by 42pc by 2030 instead of 30pc (on 2005 levels). Otherwise the...
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EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data shows

EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data shows The EU’s greenhouse gas emissions fell by nearly 4% in 2019, data from Europe’s environmental watchdog has shown, as countries met online for the first time in UN climate negotiations.  The fall of 3.8% for EU member states in 2019 brought EU emissions to 24% below 1990 levels – or 26% if carbon sinks are taken into account – acc...
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Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020 The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), released its preliminary analysis of greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.  Emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies fell by 6.4 per cent (0.9 million tonnes) in 2020, to their lowest level since the EU ETS w...
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Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050 Government has approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade.  The Bill will also provide the framework for Ireland to meet its international and EU climate commitments and to...
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