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Projections show Ireland will not meet its EU Greenhouse Gas emissions targets

25 Apr 2013

Environmental Protection Agency

Figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that while Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions will comply with its Kyoto Protocol obligations (2008 - 2012), Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting our EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario.

EPA projections for the period 2012 to 2020 show:

  • Ireland can comply with its Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas reduction obligations for the first commitment period (2008 - 2012).
  • Ireland is required to reduce its emissions by 20% by 2020, however, these projections indicate that we will breach our annual obligations under the EU 2020 target from 2016 onwards in the best-case scenario.
  • Strong projected growth in emissions from transport and agriculture are the key contributors to this trend.

For action to be taken to tackle climate change, individual countries need to estimate the amount of greenhouse gases they emit and how much they are likely to emit in the future. The figures published today show the projected trends for greenhouse gases up to 2020 and give a picture of Ireland's ability to meet EU and international targets with respect to greenhouse gas emissions. Projections are updated annually to take account of new information and show two scenarios - one based on existing policies and measures and the other on existing policies plus all planned policies and measures that are currently known.


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