Carbon gas output falls in recession
Published 10/04/2010 | 05:00
GREENHOUSE gas emissions from heavy industry fell by 15pc last year because of the economic downturn.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said yesterday that most of the falls came from the power-generation and cement sectors.
The data is compiled from 100 major industries which are part of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), whereby companies are given a fixed allocation of carbon dioxide that they are allowed to produce each year.
They must either reduce emissions to that level or buy allowances to produce more.
Data submitted to the EU Commission shows that emissions of greenhouse gases in the ETS sector fell from 19.97 million tonnes in 2008 to 17.22 million tonnes last year.
"This very large year-on-year reduction reflects the severity of the economic downturn," said Dr Ken Macken of the EPA.