Latest greenhouse gas emissions projections show Ireland will comply with Kyoto Protocol without any more purchases
Achieving more stringent 2020 targets will require further reduction measures yet to be identified
Growth in transport emissions projected to slow significantly to 2020 compared with annual growth rates 1990-2008
Carbon sinks (such as increased afforestation) crucial for 2020 target
The EPA today released projected emissions of Ireland’s greenhouse gases up to 2020. These projections, produced on an annual basis, give a picture of Ireland’s ability to meet international targets with respect to greenhouse gas emissions and update those published in March 2009.
The projections are reported on a sectoral basis and highlight, once again, that the key sectors contributing to greenhouse gas emissions in Ireland are agriculture, energy and transport.
Commenting on the projections Dr Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA said:
“National greenhouse gas projections are important in understanding Ireland’s greenhouse gas profile in the medium term, and in assessing the effectiveness of policy measures designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The projections released today reflect the effects of the economic downturn, and the anticipated recovery, based on ESRI economic forecasts. Even with reductions due to the downturn it is projected that Ireland will still be 2.8 million tonnes per annum of CO2e above the non-ETS target in 2020 taking the most ambitious scenarios set out in Government policies and assuming that forestry sinks are fully included.”