New data shows decline in greenhouse gas emissions10/04/2012 - 14:50:53
New data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows a sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions by Irish companies in 2011, it has been revealed.
The figures published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show emissions from companies covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) have fallen from over 17 million tonnes in 2010, to over 15 million tonnes in 2011.
The reduction is largely due to a decline in emissions from the cement industry and from the power generation sector.
A slight increase of 1% was noted in the emissions from companies in the food and drink sector, reflecting the current strength of this industry, the EPA said.
“The emission reduction reflects both the impact of the current recession in terms of reduced energy and cement demand, and the increased availability of wind generation on the grid," said Dr Maria Martin of the EPA.
"Continued development of both the renewable energy sector and energy efficiency policies is crucial to further reducing power generation emissions.
"The decarbonisation of the energy sector is essential to assist Ireland in meeting future Greenhouse Gas emissions obligations and moving us to a more sustainable low carbon economy."