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EU Commission pushes for more stretching 2030 climate target

 EU Commission pushes for more stretching 2030 climate target European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has officially backed plans to increase the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 55 per cent from 1990 levels, as she announced a raft of climate priorities in her maiden State of the Union address to European lawmakers last week. Addressing the European Parliament...
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Targeted climate and environmental actions needed for long term improvement says EPA

The EPA has published its Greenhouse Gas emissions projections for the period 2019-2040 (8th July). They show Ireland can meet our current EU target to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 30% by 2030.  This would require full implementation of the measures in the 2019 Climate Action Plan and would result in 3% average annual emissions reductions from 2021 to 2030. Commenting on the figures Laura...
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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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Significant drop in EU emissions in 2018 but effort needed to reach 2030 target

In Ireland, annual emission allocations were exceeded in 2017 by 3 Mt CO2e or 6%. Recent ESD emissions estimates indicate that the gap nearly doubled in 2018. Surplus allowances accumulated between 2013 and 2015 are currently still sufficient to cover the gap towards achieving Ireland's ESD target, but emissions have been steadily rising since 2014. The emaining surplus in 2018 is estimated to be ...
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Official stats paint Ireland as EU laggard on climate and environment

A new analysis from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) singles out Ireland as a European laggard across a range of important climate and environmental areas, including emissions levels, forest cover and air pollution.  While the findings in the CSO’s Environmental Indicators Ireland analysis is based mainly on 2017 and 2018 data previously released in a myriad of other reports and analysis, the c...
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EU’s greenhouse gas emissions up 0.7% in 2017 – New EEA Report

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7 % in 2017, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year. According to the EEA's Annual European Union gr...
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EPA fines St James’s Hospital €200,000 for emissions rules breach

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has been fined more than €200,000 for breaking EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions, in the first penalty of its kind in Ireland.  St James’s Hospital in Dublin blamed financial constraints for not being able to buy enough carbon credits last year to cover its pollution, which led to the penalty imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It is trying to...
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Sustainable Biofuels – EU Commission Calls on Six Member States, including Ireland, to Enact Rules

Earlier this year, the European Commission issued cautionary notices to a number of Member States relating to their failure to fully transpose EU rules contained in Directive (EU) 2015/1513. These rules govern the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. The Directive aims to reduce the risk of indirect land-use change linked with biofuel pr...
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Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased slightly – EPA report

Greenhouse gas emissions figures released last week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that Ireland’s emissions decreased slightly in 2017.  The figures show that greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland in 2017 - at 60.75 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2eq) - were 0.9 per cent (0.53 Mt CO2eq) lower than in 2016. Emissions decreased in the transport, power generation a...
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Climate Change – 5 main causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Bill Gates

Think of some inventions that help fight climate change. What came to mind first? I bet you thought of solar panels and wind turbines. In my experience, that’s what people point to when they think about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They’re not wrong. Renewables are getting cheaper and many countries are committing to rely more on them and less on fossil fuels for their electricity needs. Tha...
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