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Waste water treatment improves in Europe but large differences remain

Waste water treatment improves in Europe but large differences remain Collection and treatment of waste water are key to reducing pressures and risks to human health and the environment, especially to rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published data which show that the share of urban waste waters that are collected and treated in line with EU standards i...
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Ireland won’t meet 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets – EPA report

Ireland won't meet 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets - EPA report EPA has published GHG emissions projections for 2020-2040.  These projections show that Ireland will not meet 2013-2020 EU targets for GHG emissions reduction. To achieve 51% emissions reduction by 2030 significant new measures need to be identified & implemented across all sectors. Key Findings Implementation of “A...
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Ireland’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions estimated almost 6% lower due to pandemic

Ireland’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions estimated almost 6% lower due to pandemic Short term emissions reductions due to the Covid 19 pandemic do not negate the need for targeted and sustained action across all sectors. Early estimates of 2020 greenhouse gas emissions indicate a significant impact of COVID-19. Emissions from the transport sector are estimated to be over 2 million tonnes of C...
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EU greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019 to the lowest level in three decades

EU greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019 to the lowest level in three decades The European Commission has adopted its annual EU Climate Action Progress Report, covering the EU's progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2019.  Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7% year-on-year, while GDP grew by 1.5%. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels. Frans...
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EU on track to meet greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy 2020 targets

EU on track to meet greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy 2020 targets The EEA report ‘Trends and projections in Europe 2020 ’ tracks progress the EU’s 27 Member States (plus the United Kingdom) are making towards Europe’s climate and energy targets. The analysis is based on data on greenhouse gas emissions and energy up to 2019, officially reported in 2020, and complemented by the EEA’...
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Insufficient progress making transport fuels more climate friendly, EEA

Insufficient progress making transport fuels more climate friendly, EEA The European Union is behind its objective to reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity of fuels sold for road transport to 6 % below 2010 levels, as set out in the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets. According to the EEA’s fuel quality data indicator, the emission intensity decreased by 3.7 % between 2010 and 2018, mos...
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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 Parliamen...
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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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