Irish greenhouse gas levels are on the rise, as cow numbers increase
Dairy herd expansion drives growth in agriculture emissions last year
Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased significantly in 2015, with the link between economic growth and increased emissions yet to be broken.
Today’s release provides provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures for the time period 1990 – 2015.
For 2015, total national greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be 59.84m tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq) which is 3.7pc (2.12 Mt CO2 eq) higher than emissions in 2014.
The Energy Industries, Transport and Agriculture sectors now account for almost 73 pc of Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Agriculture remains the single largest contributor to the overall emissions at 33pc of the total. Transport and Energy Industries are the second and third largest contributors at 19.8 pc and 19.7pc respectively.
Agriculture emissions increased by 1.5pc in 2015 or 0.30 Mt CO2eq.
The most significant drivers for the increased emissions in 2015 are higher dairy cow numbers (+7.7pc) with an increase in milk production of 13.2pc.