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Good luck working from home if data centres become the enemy

Conor Skehan


Very few people seem to realise how Ireland earns its real income or that an interconnected virtual world comes at a cost in the real world of energy and emissions 

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Agriculture produces most of our emissions

Agriculture produces most of our emissions

Agriculture produces most of our emissions

In a week when public debate was dominated by dire predictions about climate and the need to control emissions, it is worthwhile remembering that Ireland is making much better progress on emissions than many realise. Our carbon intensity of energy production has already fallen below 1970 levels, while our economy now has much higher outputs with these lower emissions.

When we do grow, the increased emissions are not coming from our industries in the jargon this is called ‘decoupling’ because thriving modern economies no longer produce equivalent growth in emissions. In Ireland, transport is the only sector that continues to increase emissions, while all others are declining. Many of our policies and much of our public commentary appear to overlook these realities.


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