Ireland Unlikely To Meet EU Targets For CO2 Emissions

17 April 2012 10:30am - Crage Campbell

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Ireland Unlikely To Meet EU Targets For CO2 Emissions

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ireland is expected to breach its annual obligations under the EU 2020 target for CO2 emissions. The EPA said that the country was on track up until 2017, but unless emissions were dramatically reduced over the coming years Ireland would receive daily fines from the EU. By 2020, it must reduce emission by 20% from 2005 levels. Under climate-change targets, Ireland is legally bound to reduce emissions from agriculture, transport, residential and waste activities. Ireland is reducing the amount of emissions from heavy industry such as power generation and cement production, but this is mostly because of the recession. A growth in the food sector is resulting in a rise in agricultural emissions. Emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 7% by 2020.

Director General of the EPA Laura Burke said, “The projections show a reduction in Ireland’s distance to target under the Kyoto Protocol and the EU 2020 targets. This reflects a combination of the effects of the economic recession as well as assumptions on the full implantation of relevant Government policies. Failure to deliver on the measures outlined in Government policies will result in higher emissions than predicted. She added, “Ireland cannot rely on recession to meet our long term carbon reduction requirements and needs to develop as a low carbon economy. In order to ensure that our future economic growth is sustainable it must be more resource-efficient and decoupled from increases in emissions.”

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