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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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European renewables outstrip fossil fuels for second year running

Renewables have once again generated more power than fossil fuels in the first and second quarter of this year, energy analysts EnAppSys reported last week.  The firm's latest report reveals that renewables generated 245.8TWh of electricity across Europe between April and June 2019, compared to 202.7TWh of fossil fuel electricity. In the first quarter of the year, meanwhile, renewables generated ...
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Irish Government commits to having 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030

The Government is committing to raising the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources from 30% now to 70% by 2030, according to Minister for Communications and Climate Action Richard Bruton. Speaking to reporters at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford over the weekend, Bruton said the reason for the move is that “there’s no point in switching to electric vehicles unless yo...
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Irish Energy Update: Overview of 2018

2020 Targets Even the relatively casual observer of the Irish energy sector will be familiar with the Irish government’s “40% by 2020” renewables target for electricity consumption. While a creditable 3.5GW of renewable generation capacity has been installed in Ireland to date (on average 140MW a year since 1993), mainly as onshore wind farms, it is estimated that a further 800MW of onshore win...
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EU Member States need more ambition to reach joint target on renewable energy

The share of renewable energy sources in the European Union’s (EU) energy use has doubled since 2005 but this growth has been slowing down in recent years, especially due to increasing energy consumption and lack of progress in the transport sector. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new report ‘Renewable energy in Europe — 2018’ shows that EU Member States need to step up their efforts to re...
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Wind driving Ireland’s energy future – report

Last week’s Energy in Ireland 2018 report from the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) confirms wind is driving Ireland’s energy future with a record amount of wind installed last year. Key findings from 2017 for wind include: Record amount of wind energy installed at 532 MW; Wind energy provided a quarter of Ireland’s electricity in 2017 and more than 70 per cent at one po...
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Wind leading Ireland’s fight against climate change – EPA Report

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has welcomed the Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017 report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which identified wind energy as responsible for a substantial fall in carbon emissions in Ireland’s energy sector. Despite a one per cent increase in electricity demand in 2017, the report found that power generation emissions had fallen by 6.9 per c...
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Behavioural change key to determine energy future

Behavioural change will play a significant role in future global energy trends, a University College Cork (UCC) climate expert has said.  Speaking at an energy lecture presented by the Irish Royal Academy on Monday, Dr Paul Deane said that human behaviour would be a crucial factor in determining the world’s energy future.  “Technology changes are simply not enough, we really need to start looking ...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help us protect the environment — or destroy it

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve exponentially. With environmental concerns ever more at the forefront, experts are turning to AI to find sustainable solutions. But the technology also presents risks. Today, we can pull out our smart phones and use various apps to enhance our everyday lives. Digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are able to complete a number of...
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Ireland’s new gas projects compete with wind and solar – finds International report

Drilling for new gas in Irish waters is not compatible with achieving Paris Agreement targets to limit the impact of climate change, a new international study has found. The study from the climate and energy think tank, Oil Change International, assesses the role of gas in the energy system against Ireland’s decarbonisation targets and Paris obligations.  The EU has set emissions reductions tar...
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