Dairy expansion among key factors behind significant greenhouse gas emissions rise in 2016 - EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency figures released today show that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased significantly in 2016, following a substantial increase in 2015.
Today’s figures show that total national greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be 61.19m tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2 eq) in 2016.
This is 3.5pc (2.06 Mt CO2 eq) higher than emissions in 2015 and returns greenhouse gas emissions to 2009 levels.
National emissions have now increased by over 7pc in just two years, indicating that we have not managed to decouple emissions from economic growth.
Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Sustainability, said achieving Ireland’s long-term decarbonisation objective can only take place with a transformation of our energy, agriculture and transport systems.
“We need to adopt a much greater sense of urgency about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while radically improving energy efficiency. In relation to agriculture, Ireland must optimise agricultural production to ensure long term environmental integrity and sustainability.
“The growth in this sector, particularly for dairy and other cattle, points to very significant risks in relation to meeting our decarbonisation objectives.”