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Ireland ranked ‘among worst performers’ in 2021 climate rankings

Ireland ranked ‘among worst performers’ in 2021 climate rankings Ireland’s ranking in addressing the climate crisis continues to be in the “low performance category”, and has declined by 7 places over the past year, according to the 2022 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI). Ireland ranks 46th in this year’s listings, down from 39th place in 2020, in spite of scaling up ambitions and adopti...
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COP 26: Countries pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030

COP 26 - Countries pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 Half of the world’s top 30 methane emitters, including the US, EU, Indonesia, Pakistan, Argentina, Mexico, Nigeria, Iraq, Vietnam and Canada, have joined the pledge to cut their methane emissions by 30 per cent by the end of the decade as part of efforts to tackle climate change.  The global methane pledge, led by the US and EU, ha...
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National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 – EEA

National Emission reduction Commitments Directive reporting status 2021 - EEA The European Union (EU) as a whole respected emission ceilings for four key pollutants in 2019, including nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide and ammonia, according to a new European Environment Agency briefing. Nevertheless, Member States still need to make deeper cuts in emissions ...
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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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Ireland in non-compliance with the EU National Emissions Ceiling Directive

Ireland in non-compliance with the EU National Emissions Ceiling Directive The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a compliance assessment for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants, which are subject to current and future emissions ceilings under the EU National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive, are: ammo...
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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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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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